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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pick & Prediction DEC 5TH 2021

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: CBS
Logo Los Angeles Chargers
VS
Logo Cincinnati Bengals
0
OPENNER
46.5

3 -120
CURRENT
51o -110

+130
MONEYLINE
-150

41
SCORE
22

The number two team in the AFC West faces off against the number two team from the AFC North. This Sunday, we could be seeing a potential future playoff match between the Chargers and the Bengals.

Los Angeles needs a win here after their loss to the division-rival Broncos. However, the Cincinnati Bengals have been nearly unstoppable the last few weeks.

The Bengals have claimed two huge wins over the last two weeks. Their first was against the Las Vegas Raiders, another AFC contender. In Week 12, they faced off against their division rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and won 41-10.

The win over the Steelers last week secured the series sweep they were looking for. Now, they’re only a few games behind the Ravens.

Chargers vs. Bengals Spread, Moneyline and Total Odds

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Chargers (+148) vs. Bengals (-168)

SPREAD: Chargers +3 (-105) vs. Bengals -3 (-115)

GAME TOTAL: Over 50.5 (-110) vs. Under 50.5 (-110)

Chargers at Bengals Preview, Trends and Stats

The Los Angeles Chargers won’t make it to the playoffs with the way that they’re playing. Right now, fans are beginning to lose faith in a team that started off with a 4-1 record.

The problem with the Chargers is you never know which version you’re going to get. Two weeks ago, they beat the Steelers 41-37 only to lose to the Broncos the following week.

In terms of how to win this game against the Bengals, an incredible defensive game is needed. Joe Burrow has some of the best receivers to throw to, and Ja’Marr Chase is one of them.

Chase already has 906 yards on the season, and Burrow has thrown for nearly 3,000. If the Chargers want to win this one, they’ll need to find a way to limit the Bengals offensive output.

The Bengals have been putting on an offensive clinic the last few weeks. They have an offense that is so incredibly hard to stop because they do everything well.

They average 111.91 rushing yards per game and 243.64 yards passing. They’re facing a Chargers defense that performs awfully against the run; expect them to exploit that.

That doesn’t mean that the Bengals will go lightly through the air against the Chargers. With wide receivers such as Ja’Marr Chase, you can’t afford to be too conservative.

They also won’t want to give the Chargers many opportunities to score. Overall, the Bengals are going to make it very tough on the Chargers to win this game on Sunday.

Chargers at Bengals Predictions

Chargers 23 - Bengals 34

The Chargers have had way too many inconsistencies to trust them here. The small spread makes us lean even more in the direction of the Bengals.

In their last ten meetings against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Chargers are 2-7-1 against the spread. The small three-point margin in this one definitely gives the advantage to Cincinnati.

Although the Bengals haven’t been incredible against the spread this year, they have a 6-5 ATS record. They’ll also only have to cover three points, not a large margin at all.

After seeing what they were capable of against the Raiders and Steelers, we have to take Cincinnati here.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The LA Chargers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games.

2. The LA Chargers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games against Cincinnati.

3. The Cincinnati Bengals are 4-2 ATS in their last six games.

Best Bet: Cincinnati Bengals -3

PREDICTION
Los Angeles Chargers
23
26
Cincinnati Bengals

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Recap DEC 5TH 2021

Justin Herbert threw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half and the visiting Los Angeles Chargers survived a late scare to earn a 41-22 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Keenan Allen caught two TD passes from Herbert in the first quarter alone as the Chargers (7-5) rebounded from a road defeat at Denver last week. Herbert was 26 of 35 for 317 yards with an interception.

Los Angeles overcame two fumbles from Austin Ekeler but wedged some late breathing room on a Cincinnati turnover. The Chargers' Tevaughn Campbell returned a fumble by Joe Mixon 61 yards for a TD and a 31-22 lead with 13:43 remaining.

The Chargers' 16 points in the first quarter were their most since September 2012. They lost star defensive end Joey Bosa in the first quarter to a head injury.

Joe Burrow was 24 of 40 for 300 yards with one TD and two interceptions for Cincinnati (7-5), while playing with a swollen right pinky finger. Mixon had 54 yards rushing on 19 carries with a TD, finding the end zone in his ninth consecutive game.

The Chargers hit the scoreboard first when Allen caught a 4-yard TD pass from Herbert just 3:29 into the game. Dustin Hopkins missed the extra point, but his 43-yard field goal with 6:33 remaining in the quarter gave Los Angeles a 9-0 advantage.

The Chargers made it 16-0 with 1:36 left in the opening quarter when Allen caught a 7-yard TD pass to cap a five-play, 73-yard drive.

When Los Angeles' Jalen Guyton caught a 44-yard TD pass from Herbert less than five minutes into the second quarter, the Chargers had a 24-0 lead.

The Bengals' comeback began midway through the second quarter when Tee Higgins caught a 29-yard TD pass from Burrow. Higgins had nine catches for 138 yards. A 6-yard TD run from Burrow with 2:40 remaining in the half pulled Cincinnati to within 24-13. That drive began after an Ekeler fumble.

The Bengals' Evan McPherson made a 48-yard field goal 5:03 into the third quarter, and Mixon scored on a 7-yard run with 7:10 left in the third after another Ekeler fumble. Cincinnati tried a two-point conversion that would have tied the game at 24-all, but Mixon was stopped on a run to the right side.

Los Angeles got a 1-yard TD run from Ekeler and a Hopkins field goal in the final 10:49 of the game.

--Field Level Media

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