Sunday Night Football Odds — Patriots Want to Show That They Are Not Dead and Buried Yet

The New England Patriots have had to endure the media telling them all week that they are dead and buried and can pack it in, and if their recent history is any indication, that should be something that will serve as a rallying point. Do the Pats still have something left in the tank? Analysts of the football odds will find out on Sunday night as they play host to the Cincinnati Bengals in NFL betting action that begins at 8:30 PM ET on NBC.

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The Pats, as BetAnySports customers know by now, were slapped around something fierce by the Kansas City Chiefs last Monday night, and in this game they will take on an undefeated team (one of only two left at the start of play this weekend) that has had the benefit of a bye week. Fundamentally, there would seem to be plenty of disadvantages. But will other factors creep into the mix? Is this one of those football betting games where a prideful team makes a meaningful “statement”? Or is the statement going to be on the part of the Bengals?

Does Tom Brady still have something to say about things as he duels it out with Andy Dalton? Can the New England offensive line protect him? And can the Patriots’ defense figure out how to tackle someone? These are all good questions, it would seem. In the Sunday night football odds that have been placed on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Bengals are the favorites:


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Cincinnati Bengals -3 (+100)
New England Patriots +3 (-120)

Over 45.5 Points -110
Under 45.5 Points -110

There has been more and more action coming in on Cincinnati, and some of this is a by-product of the public’s perception as created in the media – as well as the Pats’ awful play on Monday, when they allowed the Chiefs to gain 303 yards in the first half. That spelled out death by halftime, or even before it. And it was ugly.

Prior to all of that, New England struggled on offense as well. Remember that they had less than 300 yards against Oakland, and sleep-walked their way through a 16-9 win. At no point in time have they looked explosive. Just look at Brady’s yards-per-attempt. It’s 5.8, and that’s the lowest of his career, by a wide margin.
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BetAnySports customers know there are probably a lot of reasons to like the Bengals. But no one should make the mistake of expecting the Patriots to go quietly, especially as a home underdog. They have yet to fully use Rob Gronkowski in the offense, for example, and Brady may dial him up more than usual. The Bengals also allow 5.1 yards a carry on the defensive side, and we know the Bill Belichick wants the chance to get his running game going.

With one of those “backs to the wall” scenarios, New England may be a team worth looking at, particularly as it is against Cincinnati, which has had a recent history of failing to come through when it matters most.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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