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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Predictions, Odds, Picks

Dec. 5, 2021
Dan Dobish
VI Betting Expert

Week 13 NFL Picks & Predictions

Games Scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET

The Los Angeles Chargers (6-5) pay a visit to the Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) meet at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 13 on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on CBS.

Score Prediction

Bengals 34, Chargers 27

Best Bets

Bengals -3 (-110)BetMGM (Vegas)

Bengals -1.5 first-half (-110)BetMGM (Vegas)

Over 49.5 (-110)BetMGM (Vegas)

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Predictions

This game is a very important matchup in the AFC playoff picture right now, and it will have huge implications in determining seeding.

The Chargers are looking to wash the bad taste out of their mouths following a 28-13 setback on the road against the Denver Broncos. The Bolts have been a little up and down lately, with a little more down than up. L.A. is on a 2-4 SU/1-5 ATS skid since being curb-stomped in Baltimore back in Week 6. It's not terribly good news that the Chargers have dropped games to the Ravens, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos in recent weeks, all teams they are jockeying for playoff positioning against.

The Bengals would like to be the latest team to gain a tiebreaker advantage against the Chargers. Cincinnati is feeling good about itself after paddling the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 41-10 last week in The Jungle, easily covering a 3.5-point number. It's the second time Cincinnati has grabbed back-to-back covers this season, but they haven't had at least three consecutive covers since Oct. 18-Nov. 1, 2020 last season.

Speaking of last season, these teams met in the 'Nati in Week 1, with the Bolts coming away with a 16-13 win as 2.5-point favorites as the UNDER hit. But the starting QB that afternoon was Tyrod Taylor, not Justin Herbert.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds

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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Resources

  • Matchup: AFC West vs. AFC North
  • Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
  • Venue: Paul Brown Stadium
  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • TV-Time: CBS - 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 13 NFL Picks & Predictions

Games Scheduled for 4:00 p.m. through 8:20 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Chargers Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 6-5
  • ATS: 5-6
  • O/U: 4-7
  • ATS - Home: 2-4
  • ATS - Away: 3-2

The Chargers head east of the Mississippi River for the fourth time this season. They won against the Washington Football Team in Week 1 by a 20-16 score, covering a 2.5-point number as the UNDER cashed. They were pounded in Baltimore, 34-6, as the UNDER, and they won at Philadelphia 27-24 in Week 9, covering as one-point favorites as the OVER hit. They're 2-1 SU/1-2 ATS so far this season against the AFC North Division, while the OVER is 2-1 in those three outings.

The Chargers enter this game with a 5-2 ATS mark across the past seven road outings, but they're just 1-5 ATS in the past six games overall, and 0-4 ATS in the previous four tries against AFC foes.

As far as the total is concerned, the UNDER is 4-1 in the past five road outings for the Chargers, while going 4-1 in the previous five as an underdog, too. The OVER has hit in seven of the past 10 for Los Angeles against teams with a winning record, while the OVER is 9-4 in its past 13 following a straight-up loss, too.

Cincinnati Bengals Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 7-4
  • ATS: 6-5
  • O/U: 5-6
  • ATS - Home: 2-3
  • ATS - Away: 4-2

The Bengals topped the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 11 on the road, its first game against an AFC West foe this season. The Denver Broncos in Week 15 on the road, and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17 at home, still await.

Cincinnati defended its home turf well last time out against Pittsburgh, using a 31-3 first half blitzkrieg to run away with a 31-point victory of the rival Steelers. It was Cincinnati's first regular-season sweep of Pittsburgh since 2009, and QB Joe Burrow has won three straight against the black and gold.

The Bengals have posted a 4-2 ATS mark across the past six games overall, while the OVER is an impressive 4-1 in the previous five. The Bengals offense has rolled up 41, 32, 16, 31, 41 and 34 across the past six outings, too. For totals, the OVER is 6-1-1 in the past eight for Cincinnati as a home favorite, while going 8-3-1 in the past 12 overall as a favorite. The UNDER is 6-0 in the past six meetings in this series, however.

Inside the Stats - Los Angeles Chargers

  • Record: 6-5
  • Division Standing: 2-1
  • Points Scored: 273
  • Points Allowed: 293
  • PS/G: 24.8
  • PA/G: 26.6
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