Bengals vs Chargers AFC Betting Odds
The Bengals went 8-0 straight-up and against the spread at home this season. They’ll try to keep that streak alive when the San Diego Chargers visit for a first-round playoff game.
The Bengals began the week as 7.5-point favorites over the visiting Chargers, who won their last four games to earn a Wild Card berth. San Diego went 6-3-1 against the spread as an underdog this season
Cincinnati beat the Chargers, 17-10, on Dec. 1 and has beaten San Diego three straight times. However, the Bengals have struggled in the postseason, losing their last five games in the postseason straight-up and against the spread.
Cincy remained TD chalk over San Diego as of Friday over at Bovada.
The Chargers have thrived in the role of underdogs, going 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 games as dogs. Some AFC Wild Card trends between the Chargers and Bengals include the Bengals 0-5 SU & ATS past five playoff games; the Bengals are 5-1 ATS vs the Chargers since 2002; the OVER is 7-2-1 past 10 meetings; Bengals are 11-1 SU and ATS past 12 home games; and the Chargers are 3-1 ATS past four playoff road games.
This season the Bengals are 11-5 overall and 10-5-1 ATS against the number, while the Chargers are 9-7 and 9-6-1 ATS. As for the totals, Cincinnati is 10-6 on the OU, and San Diego is 7-9.
Oddsmakers at Bovada had the Bengals as 7-point favorites in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 49.5.
The Bengals sit at No. 2 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Chargers are at No. 10 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Bengals will win this game 29-24.
Chargers Bengals prop odds, from Bovada:
Total Passing Yards - Philip Rivers (SD)
Total Rushing Yards - Ryan Mathews (SD)
Total Receiving Yards - Keenan Allen (SD)
Total Receiving Yards - Antonio Gates (SD)
Total Passing Yards - Andy Dalton (CIN)
Total Receiving Yards - A.J. Green (CIN)
(SD @ CIN) - Who will have more Rushing Yards in the game?
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (CIN) RB +120
Giovani Bernard (CIN) RB -150
In their last action, San Diego was a 27-24 winner at home against the Chiefs. They failed to cover the 15-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (51) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Andy Dalton threw a pair of TD passes in Cincinnati's last match, defeating Baltimore 34-17 in Week 17 action on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cincinnati's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 26.88 PPG, against a Chargers defense that ranks No. 11 this week at 21.75 PPG. The Bengals aerial game is averaging 258.69 yards per game, more than the Chargers secondary allows through the air, 258.69 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Chargers feature the league's No. 13-rated road run defense, allowing 112.13 yards per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, ranks No. 18 in rushing offense at home.
A few Chargers at Bengals trends to consider:
San Diego is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
San Diego is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of San Diego's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego's last 7 games on the road
Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games
Cincinnati is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
San Diego home to , Wednesday, December 31st
Cincinnati home to , Wednesday, December 31st