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Seahawks vs bengals Week 5 prediction

In the preseason, the Week 5 Seahawks-Bengals game couldve been thought of as a potential preview of Super Bowl 50. And now that the Seahawks and Bengals contest is ready to be played Sunday, it certainly still looks a game that could end up being a rematch in February.

However, most people in the preseason wouldve been surprised to learn that by Week 5, its Cincinnati that looks more like the Super Bowl contender, rather than Seattle. FOX will regionally televise the Seahawks and Bengals from Paul Brown Stadium at 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday.

Cincinnati will enter the Seahawks-Bengals game as one of the hottest teams in the NFL, opening with four straight wins, all against AFC opponents. The Bengals have outscored Oakland, San Diego, Baltimore, and Kansas City by a combined 121-77.

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton has been especially strong the past two games, and he is one of the NFLs most confident quarterbacks heading into the Seahawks-Bengals contest. Dalton shredded the Baltimore defense in Week 3, helping Cincinnati pick up a key road win by throwing for 383 yards and three scores. He added another 321 yards through the air and one touchdown in the Week 4 win against Kansas City, 36-21. Dalton has averaged better than 12.5 yards per pass attempt the past two games.

Meanwhile, even though Seattle is clearly a strong team, the Seahawks havent yet in 2015 quite looked like the team that has represented the NFC in the last two Super Bowls. Part of the problem for Seattle early this season and entering the Seahawks-Bengals game is the health of superstar running back Marshawn Lynch.

Lynch just hasnt been right health-wise this season. He led Seattle in rushing in its opening week contest at St. Louis with 73 yards, but he was limited by injury the next two weeks as Seattle split games with Green Bay and Chicago. And Lynch then missed the Week 4 Monday Night Football Seattle home game against Detroit with a hamstring injury. Lynchs status for the Seahawks-Bengals game is questionable.

Seattle will carry a 0-2 road record into the Seahawks-Bengals game, having lost at St. Louis, 34-31 in overtime, and having lost at Green Bay, 27-17.

The all-time Seahawks-Bengals series is tied at 9 games apiece. Since Seattle moved to the NFC the Seahawks and Bengals have split four games. Seattle lost its last trip to Cincinnati in 2003, 27-24. Seattle last won in Cincinnati in 1993.