Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Chargers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-9-2018




Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Chargers	Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick  12-9-2018

Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) vs Los Angeles Chargers (9-3)

Date : 12/09/2018
Time : 4:05 pm EST
Location : Stub Hub Center, Los Angeles, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Chargers

The Cincinnati Bengals will travel to StubHub Center in Los Angeles, California, to battle the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Bengals come into this matchup losers of four straight games after a 24-10 home loss to the Denver Broncos in their last outing. The offense failed to get moving for much of the game yet Jeff Driskel threw for 236 yards, a TD, along with an interception in defeat for the Bengals.

On the other hand, the Los Angeles Chargers picked up a three point win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in their last outing as they were able to pull out a 33-30 victory as the Philip Rivers to Keenan Allen connection was in full effect as Rivers threw for 299 yards along with two touchdown passes while Allen finished the game with 148 yards along with a TD catch. The under has been the play in the last four meetings amongst these teams while the Bengals are 4-0 against the spread in the last four meetings versus the Chargers in Los Angeles.

 

Cincinnati Bengals's Latest Performance :

As stated, the Cincinnati Bengals have lost their last four outings as the offense has only been able to put up 15 points per game during this time. On the other hand, The defense has allowed teams to score an average of 30 points during this time.  To make matters worse, linebacker Vontaze Burfict was taken from their last outing versus the Denver Broncos due to a concussion and will be uncertain to go in this matchup versus the Chargers.  With that being the case, without Burfict in the lineup, the Bengals allowed 218 yards on the ground to the Denver Broncos in the last outing as Phillip Lindsay rushed for 157 yards along with two scores in the win while Case Keenum only password 150 yards along with a touchdown.

On the other hand, the Bengals collected a total of 311 total yards of offense for the contest as Driskell threw for a touchdow along with an interception in the game while the rushing attack for Cincinnati put up 111 yards with Joe Mixon having 82 yards on 12 carries for a Bengals team that currently ranks 28th in the league in rushing yards per game with 95.

In all, the Cincinnati Bengals will continue to reel moving forward due to not only the loss of their starting quarterback, but, due to the fact that their defense has not been very good all year while currently being severely hampered in every way due to injury. Nonetheless, they will somehow look to contain a Chargers offense that is ranked in the top 10 in every major offensive category in 2018.

 

Los Angeles Chargers 's Latest Performance :

The Chargers have had a very solid season thus far as they sit in the second-place slot within the AFC West Division just a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs. Furthermore, they rebounded nicely from a 23-22 home loss to the Denver Broncos only a few weeks ago by picking up two straight victories, with the last being a huge win in the road versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. In all, the Chargers were able to overcome a 281 yard passing night from Ben Roethlisberger along with two touchdown passes in addition to two rushing touchdowns from James Conner  in which to pull out a slim victory.

As stated, Philip Rivers threw for just under 300 yards along with two touchdown passes while Justin Jackson led the rushing attack with 63 yards with a score. Also, Keenan Allen was also the man for the receiving corps in obtaining 148 yards on the day with a TD. Of course, the Chargers should indeed win this game versus an Andy Dalton less Cincinnati Bengals squad; However, they must certainly be mindful of the moment while bringing a healthy amount of focus in this matchup as they will face the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend.

 

How Cincinnati Bengals & Los Angeles Chargers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Cincinnati is 5 – 7 ATS while the OU is  8 – 4

Los Angeles is 7 – 5 ATS while the OU is  7 – 5

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will be an interesting matchup in that the Chargers will certainly be heavily favored in this matchup; However, with a matchup at Arrowhead blooming for next weekend, one has to wonder as to whether or not the Chargers will look ahead just a bit. On the other hand, the Bengals will certainly look to get back on the winning track in this contest as Driskell, aside from the pick, performed much better in his first start versus the Denver Broncos. In all, look for this to be a competitive match up for both teams as each will be looking to claw out a win.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:Cincinnati Bengals + 14

My reason for the pick :

 

While the Chargers will certainly pull out a victory in this contest on Sunday, look for the Bengals to hang around for much of this game due to their ability to put some pressure on Philip Rivers throughout the matchup. Melvin Gordon is uncertain for this matchup due to an MCL injury which may directly impact the effectiveness of the passing game for Los Angeles. With that being the case, look for the Bengals to  stack the box in which to take out the running game for the Chargers while getting to Philip Rivers over the duration of the contest. This, of course, will make this game much more interesting, while allowing the Bengals to cover the huge spread for the game.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick:  Over 48.5

My reason for the prediction :

I will back the over in this contest as the fact still remains that the Bengals possesses an awful defensive unit that has been giving points to their opponents both in the air and on the ground all season long. With that being the case, look for Rivers and the passing game to certainly locate some opportunities within the pass defense for the Bengals throughout this contest. Also, look for Driskell and company to also put some points on the board as well, thus allowing for the over to certainly be the strong play in what will be a high-scoring game in favor of the home team.

Betting trends for Cincinnati Bengals:

  • Over is 4-0 in Bengals last 4 games after allowing less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.
    Over is 4-0 in Bengals last 4 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
    Bengals are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Betting trends for Los Angeles Chargers :

  • Under is 4-0 in Chargers last 4 games in Week 14.
    Chargers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
    Chargers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games in Week 14.

Falepa

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