Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, December 5, 2021
Venue: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Where to Watch: CBS
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Chargers +3, Bengals -3; Over/Under: 50.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Chargers +3, Bengals -3; Over/Under: 50.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Chargers +3, Bengals -3; Over/Under: 50.5 points
Los Angeles Chargers: 6-5 (2nd place, AFC West)
Cincinnati Bengals: 7-4 (2nd place, AFC North)
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Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals Preview and Analysis
Los Angeles Chargers: lost on the road on Nov. 28 against the Denver Broncos 28-13.
Cincinnati Bengals: won at home on Nov. 28 against the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-10.
Los Angeles Chargers Analysis
The Chargers are coming into this game with a 6-5 record overall and they are 3-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 2 of their last 3 games and are coming into this one off of another loss in their last game. Quarterback Justin Herbert really struggled in that game as he completed 28/44 passes for 303 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 36 yards on 4 carries while Austin Ekeler had 31 yards on 12 carries. Keenan Allen led the receivers with 85 yards on 7 receptions while Ekeler had 68 yards and 1 touchdown on 6 receptions. Jared Cook caught the other touchdown pass in that one. Kyzir White led the defense in that game with 8 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones. Joey Bosa recorded the only sack in that game for them while Derwin James came up with the only interception in that one. They have scored 273 points in their 11 games this season averaging 24.8 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 293 points against them allowing 26.6 PPG. Their offense is averaging 383.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 350.2 YPG.
Cincinnati Bengals Analysis
The Bengals are coming into this game with a 7-4 record overall and they are 3-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. The Bengals have won 2 of their last 3 games but are coming into this one on a 2 game winning streak after another win in their last game. Joe Burrow played well in that game as he completed 20/24 passes for 190 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Joe Mixon had a very nice day on the ground as he led the team in rushing with 165 yards and 2 touchdowns on 28 carries while Burrow also ran in 1 TD on his own. Tee Higgins also had a nice day as he led the receivers with 114 yards and 1 touchdown on 6 receptions. Logan Wilson led the defense in that game with 6 solo tackles. B.J. Hill, Trey Hendrickson, and Sam Hubbard all recorded the only sacks in that game with 1 each while Mike Hilton and Eli Apple both came up with 1 interception each for them in that one. They have scored 309 points in their 11 games this season averaging 28.1 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 226 points against them allowing 20.6 PPG. Their offense is averaging 355.6 YPG while their defense is allowing 348.2 YPG.
Chargers vs Bengals Prediction
The Bengals are coming into this matchup as a 3 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Bengals have been playing much better in their last 2 games and have been scoring over 30 points in each of those games. The Chargers have not been playing well and have lost some questionable games now after an early surge in the year where they looked to be one of the best teams in the AFC. The Chargers still have some things to figure out with their offense and their defense while the Bengals are back to running hot again. The best bet to place in this game is on the Bengals to cover the spread here.
Chargers Bengals Prediction: Our NFL Pick for Sunday, December 5, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Bengals 31 Chargers 17.
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NFL Betting Trends
Los Angeles Chargers: 246-234 ATS in all games. 129-114 ATS as an underdog. 99-69 ATS as a road underdog. 136-101 ATS in road games. 187-177 ATS against conference opponents.
Cincinnati Bengals: 229-239 ATS in all games. 77-80 ATS as a favorite. 49-56 ATS as a home favorite. 109-124 ATS in home games. 169-188 ATS against conference opponents. 86-93 ATS off a division game.
Los Angeles Chargers: B. Skowronek (WR) day-to-day - Back injury. T. Anchrum Jr. (OL) Out indefinitely - Knee injury. R. Woods (WR) I-R - Knee injury.
Cincinnati Bengals: T. Hopkins (C) day-to-day - Knee injury. A. Tate (WR) day-to-day - Thigh injury. T. Shelvin (DT) day-to-day - Knee injury.
"They do a great job of disguising everything and they're really well coached. When you put together a really good coach like that with some pretty exceptional players, you get a really good defense.” - Justin Herbert on their loss against the Broncos in their last game.
"To be honest I feel like I'm starting to reach that point, my prime, like starting to get there. I know what type of speed the defense comes with, I know how to slow the game down myself. As much as it comes down to me making plays, that has to do with my teammates." - Joe Mixon after their win against the Steelers in their last game.
Los Angeles Chargers
WR Allen, Keenan
WR Williams, Mike
TE COOK, JARED
QB Herbert, Justin
RB Ekeler, Austin
FB Nabers, Gabe
WR Chase, Ja'Marr
WR Boyd, Tyler
WR Higgins, Tee
TE Uzomah, CJ
QB Burrow, Joe
RB Mixon, Joe
Los Angeles Chargers
Passing: J. Herbert (3230)
Rushing: A. Ekeler (604)
Receiving: K. Allen (895)
Touchdowns: A. Ekeler (14)
Passing: J. Burrow (2835)
Rushing: J. Mixon (924)
Receiving: J. Chase (906)
Touchdowns: J. Mixon (13)
Los Angeles Chargers: Brandon Staley (1st season)
Cincinnati Bengals: Zac Taylor (3rd season)