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NFLPS: Underdog Eagles visit Cincinnati Friday



 

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NFLPS: Underdog Eagles visit Cincinnati Friday



2010-08-21

The NFL Week 2 Preseason action continues on Friday with just one game, that matching the Eagles and Bengals from Cincinnati. Having played in the Hall-of-Fame game two weeks ago, this is actually going to be Cincinnati’s third exhibition contest already, all three coming in their home state. For Friday’s contest, oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com list the Bengals as field goal favorites with an accompanying total of 37. Let’s take a look at some of the key handicapping factors that might affect this game.

Both Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick contributed to the Eagles’ 28-27 win over the Jaguars in their preseason opener. Kolb was 6-11 for 95 yards, while Vick went threw for 119 yards (11-17, INT) and ran for 50 yards and a TD on six carries. Third-string QB Mike Kafka pitched in as well, leading the Eagles to the deciding FG in the fourth quarter. The Eagles defense did not perform as well, particularly against the pass, allowing a pair of long TD passes in a 17-point second quarter for the Jaguars and a 55-yard score near the end of the third quarter.

The Bengals bounced back from their 16-7 loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game to post a 33-24 win over the Broncos on Sunday. Carson Palmer played three series, connecting on 12 of 15 pass attempts for 105 yards while leading his team to seven points. Terrell Owens caught four passes for 23 yards, while Chad Ochocinco caught just one ball for four yards. Rookie Jordan Shipley from Texas recorded five receptions for 50 yards.

With a pair of starting-caliber QBs in Kolb and Vick, there is not much dropoff at that key position when the Eagles go to their second stringers. Expect their offense to have an edge over the Bengal defense in the second half.

StatFox considers this the third week of the preseason officially, and as such, one of the better preseason systems will be in play for this and several of Saturday’s games. Take a look:

• Play On - Road underdogs or pick (PHILADELPHIA) - after 1 or more consecutive losses against the spread, in the third week of the preseason. (41-18 over the last 10 seasons.) (69.5%, +21.2 units. Rating = 2*).

However, one of the things you’ll want to consider closely is that Philadelphia has not taken the preseason all that seriously under Andy Reid. These trends illustrate that:

• Reid is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in games where the line is +3 to -3 as the coach of PHILADELPHIA. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 17.9, OPPONENT 21.1 - (Rating = 1*)

• Reid is 13-24 ATS (-13.4 Units) in non-conference games as the coach of PHILADELPHIA. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 17.6, OPPONENT 20.6 - (Rating = 1*)

Kickoff for Friday’s tilt is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET, and the game can be seen live in local markets or on delay on NFL Network later at night.


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