Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Commanders preview: Point spread, prediction for preseason finale

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) speaks with running back Chase Brown (30) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Friday, Aug. 18, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Cincinnati Bengals will wrap up their preseason slate with a road matchup against the Washington Commanders. Kickoff is slated for 6:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, and all preseason games are available through NFL+.

Cincinnati (0-1-1) is hoping for its first preseason victory, as a way to enter the regular season with some momentum. The Bengals suffered a 36-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the opener, while recording a 13-13 tie with the Atlanta Falcons last Friday.

The Commanders, on the other hand, are 2-0 entering their final exhibition matchup. The Commanders earned a 17-15 win over the Cleveland Browns before following that up with a 29-28 thriller over the Baltimore Ravens. It snapped Baltimore’s impressive 24-game preseason win streak.

Can Washington finish off an AFC North trifecta heading into the 2023-24 NFL regular season? The oddsmakers seem to think so. FanDuel Sportsbook has listed the Commanders as 5.5-point favorites for the preseason finale, with an over/under of 35.5.

Let’s take a closer look at the odds and trends:

Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Commanders

Time/TV: 6:05 p.m. ET, NFL+

Point spread (from FanDuel): Commanders -5.5

Money line: Bengals +190/Commanders -230

Over/under: 35.5

Analysis: This game means nothing for either team, but especially a Bengals squad coming off back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances. Quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a calf injury that has kept him out of the preseason, and his health for Week 1 remains the biggest priority for this franchise.

That said, the Commanders are coming off a bit of a high after ending the Ravens’ win streak. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Washington’s players not as dialed in on this result after caring so much about a victory last time out.

The Bengals have also demonstrated some of their depth this preseason. Quarterback Jake Browning went 16-for-22 for 140 yards in last week’s tie. Cincinnati should be more competitive in the finale before all eyes turn toward the regular season and the status of Burrow.

Prediction: Commanders 20, Bengals 17

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