Bengals vs Seahawks Prediction NFL Picks Today 10/15
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- Oct 14, 2023, 2:33:29 AM
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Bengals vs. Seahawks - Game Analysis
The upcoming clash between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks promises an intriguing matchup. Let's dive into the strengths and weaknesses of both teams and make a prediction for this exciting game.
The Bengals' offense has shown flashes of brilliance, particularly when quarterback Joe Burrow connects with his star receiver, Ja'Marr Chase. Chase's explosive playmaking abilities have been on full display, as he set a single-game team record with 15 catches, 150 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns. Burrow, who struggled with a calf injury earlier in the season, seems to have regained his mobility and confidence, making the Bengals' passing game more potent. They are averaging 209.0 passing yards per game and have the potential to exploit Seattle's defense.
Defensively, the Bengals have had their ups and downs. They've allowed an average of 367.6 total yards per game, and their pass defense, in particular, has been vulnerable, conceding 213.6 passing yards per game. However, they have shown the ability to make crucial plays, including interceptions and sacks. Rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon has been a standout performer, with a 97-yard pick-6 in a recent game. The Bengals will need their defense to step up and contain Seattle's offensive threats.
The Bengals have some injury concerns, with key players like Tee Higgins (ribs) and cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (back) listed as day-to-day. Both missed the previous game, but their potential return could bolster Cincinnati's chances.
The Seahawks have found success with quarterback Geno Smith at the helm, winning three straight games after an initial loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Smith has been efficient, throwing for 846 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception. Running back Kenneth Walker III has added balance to their offense with 283 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. The potential return of left tackle Charles Cross and right guard Phil Haynes from injury could further strengthen their offensive line.
Seattle's defense has been improving, especially with the return of safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Tre Brown from concussions. They are allowing 392.8 total yards per game, but these numbers should improve with key players back in the lineup. Rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon has been a revelation, contributing both in coverage and as a pass rusher.
The Seahawks have dealt with their share of injuries, but the bye week allowed some players to recover. With Adams and Brown cleared to return and the possibility of Cross and Haynes coming back, the Seahawks' defense could be in better shape.
The Bengals enter this game with newfound momentum, thanks to the Burrow-to-Chase connection and improved mobility from their star quarterback. Seattle, on the other hand, benefited from a well-timed bye week to recover and regroup.
However, the Bengals have a home-field advantage and a dynamic offense capable of exploiting Seattle's pass defense vulnerabilities. The return of key players like Higgins and Awuzie could provide the Bengals with additional firepower.
Expect a closely contested game, but the Bengals have the edge in this matchup. They will not only win this game but also cover the -3.0 points spread. Look for Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase to continue their explosive connection, and the Bengals' defense to make critical plays against Seattle's offense.
Cincinnati is poised to build on their recent success, and victory in this game will solidify their position as a team on the rise in the AFC.