The best NFL betting pick from Thursday comes from the TV game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. The Bengals and Falcons will begin this week two exhibition contest from Atlanta at 8PM Eastern Time and FOX will deliver the live television broadcast. With our NFL pick we will play on the Cincinnati Bengals +4 points against the Atlanta Falcons. The odds used for our NFL selection came courtesy of Bovada sportsbook.
The odds opened up in this NFL preseason affair has the home team Atlanta Falcons favored by -3 ½ points with a total of 37 points. Early money from the wagering public in this NFL game saw movement on the home favorite as the Falcons are now lined at -4 points. The total has edged up in the betting to a current total of 37 ½ points. Those wagering on the Atlanta Falcons on the money line will have to lay -210 odds with the return on the Cincinnati Bengals at +180 odds to earn the straight up win with the points no factor in the bet.
The Cincinnati Bengals in preseason number one showed good play on the defensive side of the ball as they limited the New York Jets to just six points total. When the first string and second string played in the first half the Bengals were outstanding allowing just three points to the Jets offense. The Falcons defense struggled last week by allowing Baltimore 31 points in a 14 point defeat a week ago. Atlanta allowed the Ravens to run for 118 yards and throw for 203 yards. Baltimore first string quarterback Joe Flacco completed 9 of his 12 starts for 88 yards against the first string Falcons defense with a touchdown pass. Second stringer Curtis Painter saw work for Baltimore and threw three touchdown passes with 76 yards passing against the Falcons defensive corps. Atlanta was very sloppy on the offensive side of the football in their loss to Baltimore as the Falcons turned the ball four times in defeat. You have to like the Bengals getting the +4 points because the team was 7th in total defense a season ago and 9th in scoring defense by allowing just 20.2 points per game. The Bengals allowed just 3.9 yards per rush against average a season ago. Getting +4 points with the team in better defensive form is our NFL best betting pick for Thursday but before placing a wager get sportsbook promo codes.