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Cincinnati Bengals vs Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview: Must Win Time for the Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals will face the Las Vegas Raiders in Los Vegas, Nevada, for a 4:05 p.m. start time on Sunday, November 21. Both teams come into this game at 5-4 and on two-game losing streaks.
In their last two games, the Bengals lost to the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns 34-31 and 41-16, respectively. They are third in a very tight AFC North race. The Baltimore Ravens hold the top spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers following them and the Browns taking the final spot.
The Raiders’ last two games came against the New York Giants and the Kansas City Chiefs, where they lost 23-16 and 41-14. The AFC West looks very similar to the AFC North, with the Chiefs leading, followed by the Los Angeles Chargers, Raiders, and Denver Broncos, in that order.
The Bengals are a one-point favorite in this matchup of two very similar teams with the odds of-115 to cover that spread. The Raiders have odds of -105 at +1. The over/under is set at 50.5 with odds of -110 to bet the over or the under. The moneyline for the game has the same odds as the spread: -115 for the Bengals and -105 for the Raiders.
Team Rankings - Bengals
Cincinnati has played solidly on both sides of the ball despite the young team. Offensively, they rank ninth in points/game, fourth in yards per play, and fifth in touchdowns per game. The defense ranks just below the offense but is eleventh in points given up per game, eighth in opponent rush yards per game, and twelfth in touchdowns given up per game.
Team Rankings - Raiders
The Raiders’ offense looks much less balanced than the Bengals in that they favor the pass much more than their running game. They rank second in passing yards per game and only 28th in rush yards per game. Their defense is a little less potent than the Bengals but are ranking ninth in opponent yards per play and fifth in opponent yards per pass.
This will be an interesting matchup especially facing a combo like Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, who rely heavily on the big play to move them down the field and catch the opposition off guard.
As the line shows, this will be a hard-fought game with two very evenly matched teams looking to avenge their past two games. The winner of this game changes everything for themselves. The loser goes on a three-game skid and has lots of work to do to get them back in the playoff conversation.
The Bengals will squeak by with a slight win on the road because they are coming off of a bye and have a more balanced offense and better defense. Derek Carr will need to have one of his best games of the season to prove me wrong. Does he have this potential? I would say yes, but I don’t think he has enough magic to outscore the Bengals in this one.
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