The Los Angeles Chargers head to Cincinnati on Sunday hoping to get back on the winning track. After last week’s loss versus the rival Denver Broncos, the Chargers have now fallen to 6-5. Kansas City is rolling, which means LAC can’t afford any more losses. 7-4 Cincinnati is a game behind the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North, making this game ultra important for both teams. Keep reading for NFL odds, analysis, and a free pick for Chargers versus Bengals.
NFL Betting Preview for Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati
LA Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals Game Odds & Info | NFL Week 12 Betting
- When: Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
- TV / Streaming: CBS / Paramount
- ATS Odds: Cincinnati -3
- Moneyline Odds: LAC +140 / Cincinnati -165
- Over/Under Odds: 50 ½
Why bet on LAC versus Cincinnati?
The Bolts have lost two in a row just once this season and the losses were to a couple of the best teams in the NFL, the Ravens, and the New England Patriots. The last time the Chargers lost, 20-27 to Minnesota, they bounced back with a 41-point effort versus Pittsburgh. Los Angeles is fired up to keep pace with the Chiefs, which means we should expect a top effort.
Los Angeles Chargers Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 383.8
- Passing Yards: 280.8
- Rushing Yards: 103.0
- Points Scored: 24.8
- Turnovers: 12
Los Angeles Chargers Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 350.2
- Passing Yards: 204.9
- Rushing Yards: 145.3
- Points Scored: 26.6
- Takeaways: 12
Why bet on Cincinnati versus LAC?
Since allowing Cleveland to drop a 41-point bomb onto them, the Cincinnati defense has tightened big time. The Bengals allowed Las Vegas to score 13 in a 32-13 victory. Then last week, Pittsburgh could only muster 10 points in a 41-10 Bengals win. Cincinnati has turned the page. The defense and offense are playing lights out, which is bad news for the Chargers.
Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 355.5
- Passing Yards: 243.6
- Rushing Yards: 111.9
- Points Scored: 28.1
- Turnovers: 15
Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 348.2
- Passing Yards: 254.5
- Rushing Yards: 93.7
- Points Scored: 20.5
- Takeaways: 15
Chargers versus Bengals Relevant Trends
- Chargers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6
- LAC is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 on the road
- Under is 4-1 in the Chargers’ last 5 as an underdog
- Bengals are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win
- Cincinnati is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 homes games versus a team with a winning road record
- Over is 6-1-1 in the Bengals’ last 8 games as a home favorite
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals Final Betting Prediction
This should be a competitive match but it likely won’t be. One of Cincinnati’s strengths is a Chargers’ disadvantage.
The Bolts rank dead last in rushing yards allowed. Joe Mixon averages 4.4 yards per carry for the Bengals. If Los Angeles cheats up to stop Mixon, Joe Burrow will light up the scoreboard with TD passes to his bevy of receivers.
One of those receivers, Ja’Marr Chase, is the likely NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Chase ranks in the top ten in receiving yards. He’s already a must double-team.
Justin Herbert is a very good quarterback. But the Bengals’ defense has become one of the top units in the league. Herbert will struggle to move the football while Cincinnati will move it at will. Expect another Bengals’ blowout win.
NFL Week 13 Pick: Cincinnati Bengals