The Cincinnati Bengals will travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles in a Thursday night NFL pro football game in week fifteen. Kick off time from Philadelphia is scheduled for 8:20PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NFL Network.
The current odds opened up on NFL Thursday night football with the road team Cincinnati Bengals favored by -3 points with an over under line of 46 points. Early money has not moved this point spread as Cincinnati remains favored by -3 points. The over under has moved down a ½ point to a current line of 45 ½ points.
This will be the first meeting between the Bengals and Eagles since the 2008 season where the teams played to a 13-13 tie with Philadelphia a -9 point road favorite. The total landed under 41 points. That was the famous game where Eagles quarterback at the time Donovan McNabb thought all overtimes in the regular season were sudden death and could not end in ties. NFL Trend: Cincinnati Bengals are 5-0 to the under in their past five games.
Cincinnati enters play with a record of 7-6 on the season and is 6-6-1 against the spread. They are 4-2 on the road. When they hosted Dallas on Sunday they were riding a four game win streak to get back into the playoff picture. They fail to hold a fourth quarter lead in a 20-19 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys as a -3 point favorite. The total landed under 46 ½ points. During their late season rally the Bengals defense has played very well as the club has allowed an average of 12 points per game to their opponents. This has moved the Bengals to 7th best in the NFL in total defense by allowing just 328 yards per game. On offense the Bengals are a middle of the pack team. They average nearly 25 points per game. Second year quarterback Andy Dalton has 25 touchdowns and 14 picks on the season with a completion percentage of 63%. Running back BenJarvus Green Ellis has proved to be a good free agent acquisition with 974 yards rushing on the season. In the playoff picture the Bengals are tied with Pittsburgh for the sixth seed in the AFC conference with Jets lurking one game behind at 6-7 on the year.
The Philadelphia Eagles are a disappointing 4-9 on the 2012 campaign. The team is 2-4 on their home field. They broke an eight game losing streak last week in a 23-21 come from behind win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a +8 point underdog. The total landed under 47 ½ points. First year starting quarterback Nick Foles is showing improvement week by week and the rookie completed 32 of 51 throws for 381 yards and two touchdowns and one of the worst passing defense in Tampa Bay last week. The Eagles defense allowed under 28 points in their first game in seven games.