Prime Time Preview: Bills vs Bengals

Prime Time Preview: Bills vs Bengals

Hello and welcome to the Week 17 Monday Night preview. We are about to dive into what some say could be the game of the year! We are talking about the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals. Josh Allen and Joe Burrow, these two are facing off for the first time ever. Not only that, but both of these teams are on red hot winning streaks. Buffalo has won their last 6 and Cincinnati hasn’t lost for the last 7! In fact they haven’t lost a game at home in 3 months. That just so happens to be where we will see this matchup take place. The Bills will be traveling to Paycor stadium for a massive AFC showdown.

Heading into this week the AFC is lead by the Buffalo Bills (12-3) who also lead the East, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs (12-3) the winners of the West, then in third we have Cincinnati (11-4) who hope to clinch the North by beating the Bills. A win coupled with a Ravens loss would earn them that spot but would also help in their run for #1 in the AFC. A win for the Bills would keep them in place and a chance to win the AFC for the first time since 1993, the year of their last Super Bowl visit. The Bills and Bengals go into this match up with a combined total of 23 wins. That is the highest number of wins between two teams to play against one another on Monday Night Football since 1997 when the 49ers and Broncos faced off. Some of the highlights to watch for on both sides this week are the records that could be set and broken by both quarterbacks. Both Qbs are 1 touchdown away from an achievement. Josh Allen could be the 1st player with 175 total touchdowns in his first 5 seasons after Monday Night. Joe Burrow could also break his own franchise record of 34 in a season if he tosses just one! 

This week we get lucky when it comes to injuries as we aren’t looking at anything too serious. Both sides have a few players that are banged up but over all I think we will see everyone. Dawson Knox, the tight end for Buffalo, was a limited participant on Thursday and Friday with a knee issue. Safety Jordan Poyer was the only player listed both days are a non participant. Stefon Diggs does seem to be battling an illness but he returned to full activity on Friday so that looks to be a positive for the Bills. On the Bengals end OT La’el Collins was placed on IR for a knee injury as of Friday. He looks to be out and it’s possible we won’t see DT DJ Reader as he missed Friday for personal reasons. DE Sam Hubbard was at practice but he was limited with a calf issue. 

When looking over the sports betting books I noticed this week no one is really confident what will happen. We are looking at two dynamite teams who are playing their very best football right now. The consensus seems pretty solid on a 49.5 over under. Most books have the Bills as a favorite, with a -1 spread. This time around I am going to go against the books. I think the Bengals win this one at home. Bengals win 31-20

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