Seattle (2-2) at Cincinnati (4-0)
When: Sunday, October 11th 2015
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Time: 1:00 ET
TV: FOX Radio: XM 82
The Seattle Seahawks, winners of two in a row, look to keep their winning streak going without star running back Marshawn Lynch. Seattle managed to pull out a miracle win on Monday night over Detroit when Calvin Johnson fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line and the Seahawks batted the ball through the end zone for a touchback. Thomas Rawls will get the start for Seattle in place of Lynch. Rawls ran for only 47 yards against the Lions, but had 104 yards the week before against the Bears. Quarterback Russell Wilson has led an offense that has only produced 5 touchdowns in four games, while he has been sacked 18 times this year including six on Monday night. Safety Kam Chancellor, who sat out the first two games in a contact holdout, made a game-saving play Monday night by punching the ball loose at the goal line. The Seahawks have only allowed 10 points since his return, and are ranked 2nd in the League in total defense.
The Bengals are looking for their first 5-0 start since 1988 and their third in franchise history. Quarterback Andy Dalton has been terrific throwing for 1,187 yards, 9 touchdowns, and only 1 interception. Dalton is looking to become the first QB in history to post a passer rating of at least 115 in the first five games of the season. The running back tandem of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard make the Bengals the 7th best rushing attack in the NFL with 128 yards per game. Wide receiver A.J. Green has heated up with 17 receptions for 309 yards and a pair of touchdowns over the past two games. Tight end Tyler Eifert has emerged as one of Dalton’s favorite targets hauling in 16 catches and 3 touchdowns so far despite not catching a ball in Week 3. The Cincinnati defense has been terrific against the run, but not so much against the pass. Opponents are averaging 279 yards passing per game.
Seattle’s defense is playing lights-out right now and Andy Dalton is going to be pressured all day. His streak of games with a 115 QB rating or higher is going to end today as well as the Bengals perfect record. Seattle gets the win and Wilson has a big day.
Pick: Seahawks +3