Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals: 12/5/21 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) vs Los Angeles Chargers (6-5)
Game Info: Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
Betting Odds: Cincinnati Bengals -3 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Los Angeles Chargers will travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Los Angeles Chargers dropped to 6-5 on the season after being defeated by the Denver Broncos, 28-13, this past Sunday. Los Angeles trailed by a 14-7 margin at halftime and could not fight back after a 70-yard pick-six by the Broncos Pat Surtain II gave the Broncos a 28-7 lead with 7:28 left in the 4th quarter. Los Angeles outgained Denver by a 357-302 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Chargers was QB Justin Herbert who completed 28 of 44 passes for 303 yards, 2 TD, & 2 INT.
On the season, Los Angeles is averaging 24.8 ppg on 396.6 total yards per game (293.6 passing yds/g; 103.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Los Angeles has been led by QB Justin Herbert who has completed 66.0% of his passes for 3230 yards (315.7 passing yds/g), 24 TD, & 10 INT. The top receiving threats for the Chargers have been Keenan Allen (81 rec, 895 yards, 2 TD), Mike Williams (50 rec, 744 yards, 7 TD), & Jared Cook (33 rec, 371 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Chargers backfield has been RB Austin Ekeler who has 604 rushing yards & 7 TD on 135 carries while also hauling in 51 receptions for 473 yards & 7 TD.
Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing their opponents to average 26.6 ppg on 363.5 total yards per game (218.3 passing yds/g; 145.3 rushing yds/g).
The Cincinnati Bengals won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-4 on the season after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-10, this past Sunday. Cincinnati dominated Pittsburgh on both ends of the field and had no trouble picking up the victory after going into halftime with a 31-3 lead. Cincinnati outgained Pittsburgh by a 370-301 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bengals was RB Joe Mixon who had 165 rushing yards & 2 TD on 28 carries.
On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 28.1 ppg on 375.0 total yards per game (263.1 passing yds/g; 111.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Cincinnati has been led by RB Joe Mixon who has 924 rushing yards & 11 TD on 208 carries while also hauling in 26 receptions for 192 yards & 2 TD. QB Joe Burrow has completed 69.3% of his passes for 2835 yards, 22 TD, & 12 INT. The top receiving threats for the Bengals have been Ja’Marr Chase (50 rec, 906 yards, 8 TD), Tee Higgins (43 rec, 560 yards, 3 TD), Tyler Boyd (46 rec, 471 yards, 2 TD), & C.J. Uzomah (30 rec, 331 yards, 5 TD).
Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing their opponents to an average of 20.5 ppg on 362.8 total yards per game (269.1 passing yds/g; 93.7 rushing yds/g).
The Chargers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall & 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. AFC opponents. The Bengals are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Los Angeles seems to have all the talent on the world on the offensive end of the ball, however, the Chargers just haven’t been that great as of late as they come into this game losing 4 of their last 6 games, while averaging just 21.8 ppg. Cincinnati has rebounded nicely after back-to-back losses to the Jets & Browns with two dominant victories over the Raiders & Steelers by a combined score of 73-23, and as I think the Cincinnati offense has no trouble putting up 30+ points against on a struggling Chargers defense, I think the Bengals defense does enough to get us a Cincinnati cover. Good Luck!
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