Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers: Preview and Pick
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The Cincinnati Bengals spent their bye week getting geared up for the stretch run of the NFL season with hopes of claiming a division title in the AFC North. They start the week off by traveling to the west coast to take on the upstart San Diego Chargers. The Bolts are arguably off of their best win of the season as they beat the Kansas City Chiefs and stayed relevant in the playoff chase in the AFC.
Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game have the Bengals listed as slim (-1.5) point favorites. This is an indication that the odds makers are not sold on the San Diego resurgence. However the football betting public is buying into the Bolts as over 70 percent of the early wagers are coming in on the home team. This point spread has not changed but make sure that you check in with your top rated sportsbook and shop for the best line leading up to kickoff.
The Bengals defense will have to be ready for this explosive offense. The Chargers gained 228 yards after the catch on Sunday, their highest in a game this season and the first time Kansas City allowed more than 190. The Chiefs entered Sunday as one of four teams to allow at least 6.0 yards after catch per reception. Ladarius Green gained 45 yards after the catch on his 60-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Kansas City's defense has allowed at least 45 yards of YAC on three plays this year- only the Rams (four) have more. The Chargers recorded at least 10 yards after the catch on 10 different receptions, joining the Packers (Week 2 vs Redskins) and Steelers (Week 9 vs Patriots) as the only teams to do that this year. The Chargers are eager to win again and ride the momentum into the playoffs.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the Bengals may have the edge against the spread. The Bengals are 5-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 games in December, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 14 points, and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game. The Chargers are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game, 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games when playing a team with a winning road record.
Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of is big game, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.