12/02/2012 12:22 PM
Matchup: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers
Spread: Bengals minus-2
Public consensus pick: 64 percent picked Bengals
SuperContestants: 210-79 in favor of Bengals
Public perception: The Bengals continue to chase the Steelers and Colts in the wild-card race, and the public is starting to take notice. Of course, I've also heard more people than ever swear off ever betting the Chargers/Norv Turner again after last week's loss, so I think the public would side with any team against them this week.
Wiseguys' view: As scary as it is to back the Chargers in any way/shape/form, they're still a prime candidate to tease them over a full touchdown (giving more wiggle room if they find another crazy way to lose a close game). Some will choose to pair it with one of the aforementioned favorites (49ers, Broncos, Patriots), while others will just put it with the Raiders in the afternoon game for a dog teaser.
Tuley's Take: Both teams have burned me at various times this season, though the Bengals have justified my love more recently. I want to make the case for the Chargers as the short home dog but just can't pull the trigger. The pick: Pass (pool play: Chargers).