NFL Preseason Odds: Philadelphia at Cincinnati
Terrell Owens faces another former team Friday night when the Eagles and Bengals clash in a preseason tilt.
Owens may not face too much adversity, though. A lot of his former Eagles teammates have also moved on, and since the game is being played in Cincinnati instead of Philadelphia he won't have to face the rabid Philly fans. The Bengals are playing their third preseason game after a loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game and a win over Denver last week. Cincinnati beat the Broncos 33-24 as a 3.5-point favorite. Carson Palmer was nearly perfect in the win, completing 12 of 15 pass attempts for 105 yards, while backup J.J. O'Sullivan also had a solid game after completing 7 of 15 pass attempts for 118 yards. Cedric Benson saw the field more against Denver and rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. James Johnson saw his playing time increase after an injury to Brian Leonard and he made the most of it with 42 yards and a TD on 10 carries.
Owens' integration into the Bengals' passing game continued as he hauled in four passes for 23 yards. That was still more than the one pass that went to Chad Ochocinco, and it will be interesting to see how their relationship turns if Owens continues to haul in so many more passes. The Bengals are a 3-point favorite in the game, while the total was set at 37. The Eagles played their first game of the post-Donovan-McNabb era last week and edged Jacksonville 28-27 as a 3-point favorite. Kevin Kolb completed 6 of 11 pass attempts for 95 yards, but Michael Vick stole the show by completing 11 of 17 pass attempts for 119 yards with an interception and also rushing for 50 yards and a TD on six carries. David Akers was in midseason form, going a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals. Andy Reid has already outlined Philadelphia's game plan for Friday night. Kolb and the first-team offense will get a good workout and play the entire first half. Vick will take over and play the third quarter, and third stringer Mike Kafka will mop up in the fourth quarter. The Eagles' starting defense will also play the entire first half and they may need the practice time because they barely saw the field against Jacksonville after two three-and-out series. The starting defense will likely be without corner Asante Samuel, who is questionable with a hamstring injury.