San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals - 12/12/21 NFL Picks and Predictions

San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals - 12/12/21 NFL Picks and Predictions Photo by Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) vs San Francisco 49ers (6-6)

Game Info: Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 4:25 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Bengals +1.5 -- Over/Under: 49 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals face off on Sunday in a cross-conference NFL showdown at Paul Brown Stadium. When these two teams faced off in September of 2019 it was the 49ers that won 41-17.  This is a big game for both teams as they try to make the playoffs.

The 49ers come into this game with a 6-6 record overall and they have gone 5-7 against the spread. In the last game against the Seattle Seahawks they jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, but the offense couldn’t find a whole lot of success the rest of the game and that led to the 30-23 defeat. The 49ers are averaging 25.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 23.2 points per game. In the last game Jimmy Garoppolo had two interceptions, and in this game, he needs to take better care of the ball. On the season Garoppolo has thrown for 2,641 yards, 15 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Cincinnati Bengals who sit with a 7-5 record and they have gone 6-6 against the spread. The Bengals have been so inconsistent this season and the last two games have been a perfect example. Two games ago against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they won 41-10, but in the last game they were defeated 41-22 against the Chargers. The Chargers on the season are averaging 27.6 points while their defense is giving up 22.3 points per game. Joe Burrow has thrown for 3,135 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Joe MIxon has also rushed for 978 yards and 12 touchdowns. Burrow is dealing a figure injury although it appears he is going to go in this game. 

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The 49ers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games in December. The Bengals are 1-4 against the spread in their last five five home games. The 49ers are 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings. 

In terms of the side both teams have been inconsistent and there is no way I am playing any money on either team to come out with a victory. One thing that has been consistent though has been either the Bengals offense has been strong or their defense has struggled and that has led to higher-scoring games. Look for plenty of scoring and for the over to cash. 

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