Panthers vs. Bengals Prediction: Bengals to Right Ship at Home

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws in the first quarter during an NFL Week 8 game
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws in the first quarter during an NFL Week 8 game / Albert Cesare/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

The Cincinnati Bengals have played one game without Ja'Marr Chase and are 0-1 without their best receiver. Cincinnati fell 32-13 to the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night, but have a good opportunity to rebound at home against the Carolina Panthers.

Carolina lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Atlanta Falcons. However, it did show some positive signs it can take moving forward.

Will the Panthers be able to pull off another big upset in the post-Matt Rhule era, or is this the Bengals time to shine?

Panthers vs. Bengals Spread, Odds and Over/Under

Panthers vs. Bengals Odds, Spread and Total Movement in Week 9

Cincinnati has dropped from a 9-point favorite to a 7.5-point favorite. The total has also dropped from 43.5 to 42.5. 

Panthers vs. Bengals Best Bet and Prediction

Now that the Bengals have played a game without Ja’Marr Chase, I feel a little better about backing them this week. I understand they got demolished by the Browns, but that was a primetime game on the road against a divisional opponent.

Cincinnati still has two above-average wide receivers in Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon in the backfield and Joe Burrow under center. The Bengals know what to expect in their offensive gameplan without Chase available this week, and that will make all the difference. 

Carolina has covered in its last two games, but I still don’t believe the Panthers are a good football team. P.J. Walker had his best game as a pro last week, and still only completed 52% of his passes. If Walker sees any kind of regression, the Panthers won’t have the offense to keep up with Cincinnati. 

The Falcons went to Cincinnati two weeks ago as against-the-spread (ATS) darlings and got lit up. I’m expecting the same here. 

You can find Donnavan Smoot’s full betting record here.

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