Bengals-Packers Free Sunday Play

On September 24, 2017, in Free Picks, NFL, by Stephen

Bengals plus 7 1/2 at Packers

Aside from Aaron Rodgers, the Packers’ two most important players are defensive lineman Mike Daniels and offensive left tackle David Bakhtiari. Neither is expected to play against the Bengals.

The Packers may have offensive right tackle Byran Bulaga and wide receiver Jordy Nelson – stressing the maybe – but the Packers are going to be without star pass rusher Nick Perry, probably linebacker Jake Ryan and wide receiver Randall Cobb. The Packers also have several injuries in their secondary.

So Green Bay is far from 100 percent. The Bengals are a desperate 0-2 team. The Bengals have been a major disappointment offensively, but their defense is solid. Cincinnati had made the playoffs five straight seasons until last year. Only one of their last six defeats have been by more than five points.

Cincinnati has too much skill position talent for its offense to stay this bad. The Bengals’ work-in-progress offensive line catches a huge break with Daniels not likely to play. A change in offensive coordinators from Ken Zampese to Bill Lazor could spur immediate improvement while boosting sagging team morale. A.J. Green is the best receiver on the field. Lazor will make sure Green and promising rookie running back Joe Mixon are big parts of the offense.

The Bengals have had extra time to rest and prepare having last played in the Thursday game last week. The Bengals have been a jinx team to Mike McCarthy and Rodgers as they’ve never beaten them.


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