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Free Pick Breakdown & Prediction: Falcons vs. Bengals (10/23/2022)

By Wendi Oliveros
October 21, 2022
Photo by: Scott Cunningham - Getty Images

Atlanta Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals (10/23 @ 1:00 PM EDT.)

Line: Cincinnati (-6.5)
Total: 45

Falcons vs. Bengals Breakdown and Betting Odds

The 3-3 Atlanta Falcons travel to Cincinnati take on the 3-3 Cincinnati Bengals on October 23 for a Week 7 game beginning at 1:00 EDT.

The Bengals are a 6.5-point favorite, and the over/under is set at 45.

This is a battle of unexpected .500 teams. The Falcons have exceeded expectations, and though it is premature, some are already throwing Falcons head coach Arthur Smith’s name into the Coach of the Year discussions. The Bengals, the defending AFC Champions, came out of the gate slowly falling to 0-2 before collecting two wins to get to even. The word even adequately describes the 2022 Bengals; they have not found the spectacular footing that carried them through the 2021 playoffs just yet.

Atlanta Falcons Overview

In the preseason, no one would have predicted that the Falcons would outscore the Bengals through six weeks. The Falcons have 146 points which equates to an average of 24.3 points per game. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against the San Francisco 49ers that included 13 consecutive completed passes.

The Falcons are PFF’s 14th ranked team in its Week 7 Power Ratings; they jumped six spots after sitting in the 20th spot in Week 6.

Cincinnati Bengals Overview

Two of the three Bengals’ losses came to AFC North divisional rivals, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. They seem to fare better with opponents outside the division. The Bengals have scored 138 points through the first six games which is an average of 23 points per game.

The Bengals are ranked 12th in PFF’s Week 7 Power Rankings. That is up one position from the previous week when they were 13th.

TakingVegas.com Pick: Over 45

Both teams are coming off Week 6 wins where they collectively scored 58 points. It is not clear who will win because the matchup is intriguing, but both teams can score points so the Over 45 is the best option.

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