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NFL Week 2 Odds, Picks & Predictions: Bengals vs. Cowboys (2022)

by September 16, 2022
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Here is our preview and best bet for the 2022 NFL Week 2 game between the Bengals vs. Cowboys.

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NFL Week 2 Odds, Picks & Predictions: Bengals vs. Cowboys

The Cincinnati Bengals visit the Dallas Cowboys in an interconference matchup featuring two of the NFL’s best from a season ago. Were it not for an unfortunate injury to Dallas QB Dak Prescott, this would have been projected to be one of the most competitive games of the Week 2 slate. Many expect this contest now to be a blowout.

Both of these teams disappointed in Week 1, and a victory is suddenly crucial for each of these playoff-hopeful teams. A path to victory is unlikely for the Cowboys with backup Cooper Rush slated to start, but if Pittsburgh can win outright in Cincinnati, the Cowboys can certainly cover the spread on their home field.

This line was Dallas -1.5 prior to the Week 1 outcomes. Is the injury to Dak Prescott really so significant that it should justify nine points of line movement?

Picks: Cowboys +8.5 | lean u42

What is Betting Against the Spread?

Betting “against the spread” refers to the act of choosing the winning team based on a numeric handicap placed on the team that oddsmakers believe is superior, rather than picking the outright winner. For example, if the Rams face the Bengals, and oddsmakers set the spread at Rams -3.5, you would need Los Angeles to win by 4 or more points in order to cash your Rams bet.

What is an Over/Under Bet?

Over/Under is a wager based on how many points you think will be scored in a specific game. Oddsmakers set the total, and bettors decide whether the final score will be higher or lower than that number. If an Over/Under is set at 44.5 points and you bet Over, you will need the combined score of both teams to be 45 points or higher to win your bet.

What is a Moneyline Bet?

A moneyline bet involves choosing which team you believe will win a specific matchup. The moneyline favorite carries a minus designation, like -130. This means that you need to wager $130 to earn a $100 profit. Conversely, the underdog carries a plus designation, like +110. This means that you win $110 in profit on a $100 bet.

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