The red hot New Orleans Saints roll into Paul Brown Stadium in Ohio take on the Cincinnati Bengals in a key matchup between two playoff caliber teams. For the Saints a disappointing home loss to start the season hasn’t slowed them down. Since that loss the Saints have won seven straight contests including all four of their road contests to start the season.
Meanwhile the Bengals enter this contest sitting at 5-3 on the year but have struggled at times against teams with a winning record. Despite their opening home win against the Ravens who was 1-0 to start the season, the Bengals only other win against a team with a winning record came against the Atlanta Falcons. That said, their three losses have come against the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers who are a combined 19-5 on the year.
Leading into this matchup both the Saints and Bengals have been at the center of the sports world headlines. The Saints handed the Los Angeles Rams their first loss while jumping to the top of the power rankings this week. Meanwhile the Bengals have been in the headlines as news broke that Pro-Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green would not require surgery but would miss multiple contests with a foot injury.
Here are the keys to the game for both the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals matchup on Sunday November 11th, 2018 at Paul Brown Stadium.
NFL Keys to the Game
New Orleans Saints – Shut Down the Run
With A.J. Green out for their Sunday showdown, the Bengals will be without their possible number one offensive weapon. As they look to this matchup, the key their success will be shutting down running back Joe Mixon while forcing Andy Dalton to turn to their other wide receiver options who have struggled at times this season.
Cincinnati Bengals – Play Fast & Aggressive
For the Bengals Sunday’s task of defeating the Saints will be no easy task as we have seen from seven straight matchups. In the end the Saints have found a way to win close matchups as well as shootouts. In this matchup the Bengals will need to play fast on the offensive side of the ball while looking to make some big plays down field. On the defensive side of the ball the team will need to play aggressive up front while finding exotic packages to force Drew Brees into mistakes.
NFL Betting Trends
New Orleans Saints – The red hot start has opened up the Saints as a favorite sports pick for fans and sports handicappers. Through their first eight contests the Saints have covered the spread in six of those eight contests. That success has shown up on the road as the team has covered in all four of their road matchups. Along with that success the Saints have covered the spread in 40 of their last 58 contests against teams with a winning record.
Cincinnati Bengals – Despite their 3-1 home record, the Bengals have struggled to cover the spread at home going just 2-2 against the spread this season at Paul Brown Stadium. Along with those struggles the Bengals have covered just one of their last five Week 10 contests with Marvin Lewis as head coach. That said, the Bengals have covered the spread in four of their last five contests with a winning record and in nine of their last 11 contests against teams with a winning road records.
Head 2 Head – As these two teams play every four years, the two are not very familiar with each other playing just seven times since 1990 and just three total meetings with Brees under center for the Saints. In those three matchups the Bengals are 2-1 against the Brees led Saints. That said the Saints have failed to cover a spread in their last five overall meetings.
What’s next for these two teams?
New Orleans Saints – The Saints will return home to New Orleans to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday November 18th, 2018.
Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals will make the trip to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday November 18th, 2018.