Fresh off a victory in Week 18 that send the rival Los Angeles Chargers’ to the offseason couch, the Las Vegas Raiders head to Cincinnati to face off against a team they’ve already lost to this season. The Bengals dusted the Raiders 32-13 in November. Will Las Vegas turn the tables in the rematch? Or will Cincinnati win and move to the divisional round? Keep reading for NFL Playoffs odds, analysis, and a free pick for Las Vegas at Cincinnati.
NFL Wild Card Round Betting Preview for Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati
Las Vegas Raiders vs Cincinnati Bengals Game Odds & Info | NFL Playoffs Betting
- When: Saturday, Jan. 15 at 4:30 pm ET
- Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
- TV / Streaming: NBC / Peacock
- ATS Odds: Cincinnati -5 ½
- Moneyline Odds: Las Vegas +185 / Cincinnati -235
- Over/Under Odds: 49
Why bet on Las Vegas versus Cincinnati?
The Raiders are on a 4-game winning streak. The streak started on Dec. 20 when Las Vegas beat Cleveland 16-14. Vegas then got past Denver 17-13 before upsetting the Indianapolis Colts 23-20. The 35-32 overtime victory over the rival Chargers in Week 18 sent Vegas to the playoffs. The Raiders have momentum heading into this game.
Las Vegas Raiders Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 363.8
- Passing Yards: 268.6
- Rushing Yards: 95.1
- Points Scored: 22.0
- Turnovers: 24
Las Vegas Raiders Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 337.2
- Passing Yards: 222.9
- Rushing Yards: 114.3
- Points Scored: 25.8
- Takeaways: 13
Why bet on Cincinnati versus Las Vegas?
Joe Burrow plays for the Bengals. In Burrow’s last couple of games played, he threw for a combined 971 yards and tossed a combined 8 touchdowns in wins against the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs. The Bengals sat Joe in Week 18, which means the former Heisman Trophy winner will be ready to go on Saturday.
Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 361.5
- Passing Yards: 259.0
- Rushing Yards: 102.5
- Points Scored: 27.1
- Turnovers: 21
Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 350.8
- Passing Yards: 248.4
- Rushing Yards: 102.5
- Points Scored: 22.1
- Takeaways: 22
Raiders vs Bengals Relevant Trends
- Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog
- Las Vegas is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings
- Under is 4-1 ATS in the Raiders’ last 5 following a straight up win
- Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4
- Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record
- Over is 7-1 in the Bengals’ last 8 games on field turf
Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals Final Betting Prediction
Cincinnati has had Las Vegas’ number in the past few games, but we shouldn’t take the Raiders lightly. The team not only outlasted favored LAC in their final regular season game, but they also upset the Colts on the road in a must win contest.
With being written, if Joe Burrow is one-hundred percent, he should carve up Vegas’ secondary like a Thanksgiving turkey. Burrow has played out of his mind in the past couple of contests.
One of the reasons for Joe’s brilliance, no doubt, is because both Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase have become impossible to cover 1-on-1. Chase, the fourth-pick in the 2021 draft, locked down the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award after catching 11 passes for 266 yards and 3 TDs versus the Chiefs in Week 17.
Higgins has 74 catches for 1,091 yards and 6 TDs this season, which means the Bengals have two wide receivers with over 1,000 yards receiving and a combined 19 TDs. What makes the Bengals really scary is that Tyler Boyd, the third receiver, caught 67 passes for 828 yards and scored 5 TDs.
Las Vegas is a good team. But the defense is going to have an impossible task stopping Burrow and his bevy of receivers. The Bengals should pull away in the fourth quarter to at least a 7 point victory.
NFL Wild Card Pick: Cincinnati Bengals