- Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith announced he will play the Falcons’ starters against the Cincinnati Bengals.
- The Falcons are 5.0-point favorites in the Week 2 preseason game in Atlanta.
- Bijan Robinson, the No. 8 overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft, will make his NFL debut.
ATLANTA – Head coach Arthur Smith announced the Atlanta Falcons are playing their starters in Friday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Atlanta is a 5.0-point favorite with -110 odds to cover the spread.
The headliner of the Falcons starters is Bijan Robinson, who will make his NFL debut in front of the home crowd in Atlanta. Expectations are high for the eighth overall pick, as Bijan Robinson odds favor him at +250 to win the 2023-2024 NFL Rookie of the Year award.
Other starters like Desmond Ridder, Drake London, and Grady Jarrett are all in line to start in Friday’s game. This gives value to the Falcons -235 moneyline odds. The preseason game likely has no influence for betting on the Super Bowl, but the spread indicates a dominant performance from the Falcons starters that could charm bettors.
Atlanta Falcons Vs Cincinnati Bengals Betting Lines
|Atlanta Falcons||-5.0 (-110)||-235||O38.5 (-110)|
|Cincinnati Bengals||+5.0 (-110)||+195||U38.5 (-110)|
Atlanta’s starters playing in the game gives bettors a chance to see where the optimism towards the Falcons Super Bowl 58 betting odds is coming from. The Falcons have their shortest odds to win the Super Bowl since 2020.
Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals said that Joe Burrow is not ready yet for a preseason debut. After all, the Bengals Super Bowl 58 odds are dependent on the health of Joe Burrow, who will not participate in the preseason game as he recovers from a calf injury.
The Atlanta Falcons beat the Miami Dolphins 19-3 in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. Arthur Smith’s postgame statements regarding the debut of Bijan Robinson and other starters makes the Falcons a valuable pick to cover a 5.0-point spread with -110 odds.
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