Carolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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The AFC champion Bengals host a familiar foe in new Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Panthers vs. Bengals Odds and Betting Analysis

The Cleveland Browns said goodbye to quarterback Baker Mayfield, even though in his career he was 6-1 against the hated Cincinnati Bengals. Mayfield is now in Carolina, and the Panthers vs. Bengals odds opened with the Bengals as touchdown favorites.

Mayfield has a good history against Cincinnati, and he’s 3-1 in Cincinnati. But the Panthers vs. Bengals betting analysis reveals that the Panthers defense is no match for the Bengals offense, and Mayfield will have his work cut out for him.

It’s a quirk of the NFL schedule that this game comes for the Bengals after playing the Browns, and that might work in Carolina’s favor.

Rivalry History

The Panthers and Bengals have rarely played during their coexistence. There are just six games in the history of the series, with the Panthers having won three of them. The Bengals won two, and the 2014 meeting between the two in Cincinnati ended in a tie.

The last meeting between the two was 2018, with the Panthers winning, 31-21, led by Christian McCaffrey’s 184 yards rushing. Cam Newton threw two touchdowns.

The Bengals last beat the Panthers in 2010, 20-7.

Matchup Trends

Following two very different 2021 seasons, the Panthers vs. Bengals odds are obvious. Carolina is hoping just to not finish in last place. The NFL odds have their win total at six for the season. For the Bengals, the line on their win total is 10, and no doubt the bookmakers looked at this game as one of those victories.

The Bengals are also paying +175 to win the AFC North for a second year in a row, while the Carolina Panthers are paying +1000 to win the NFC South.

The Bengals are clearly the better team, and the Panthers vs. Bengals betting analysis underscores that reality with the differences at the skill positions on offense. Joe Burrow is clearly better than Mayfield, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins are the best wide receiver tandem in the AFC, and running back Joe Mixon is far more durable than McCaffrey.

Venue Information

The big news involving Paul Brown Stadium is that it is no longer Paul Brown Stadium. After saying that the team would never sell the naming rights to the stadium that bears the name of founder Paul Brown, Brown’s son Mike changed course, and it’s now Paycor Stadium.

Paycor Stadium is located in downtown Cincinnati on the Ohio River and first opened in 2000.

Betting Tips for Carolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

As you do your Panthers vs. Bengals betting analysis, be sure to see how the new Cincinnati Bengals offensive line is holding up after the game with the Cleveland Browns. They play a tough defensive line there, as well as having already faced the pass rushers for the Steelers, Cowboys, and Ravens.

If the line looks good, the Panthers vs. Bengals odds may scream for a bet on Cincinnati. If Burrow has time in the pocket there really is no stopping him.

If, however, the line shows some cracks in keeping Burrow upright, perhaps the Panthers vs. Bengals odds will tighten.

Another big key for this NFL matchups is the Panthers plan to limit McCaffrey’s touches in the hopes that he stays healthy. When he’s on the field he’s an NFL stats monster. Staying on the field has been his problem the last two years.

One last note on that seven-point point spread. The Panthers in 2021 were 5-12 as an NFL picks against the spread. Including the postseason, the Bengals finished last season at 14-7 against the spread, winning their final eight games ATS.

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