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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 1 Gambling Lines

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • by Andrew Scofield
  • September 6th, 2020
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Online offshore sportsbooks favor the Los Angeles Chargers by a field goal over the Cincinnati Bengals in their 2020 NFL betting regular season-opening game on September 13 at 4:05 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals NFL Odds

Chargers-3 (-125)44 (-105)-185
Bengals+3 (+105)44 (-115)+160
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Betting Cincinnati Chargers

The Bolts are the road faves according to the best online sportsbooks. Head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters that Tyrod Taylor will begin the season as the starting QB. “Right now Tyrod Taylor is our starter,” Lynn said. “Until someone steps up and shows that they can run this team, that’s the way we’re going into it. Tyrod Taylor is our starter.” The move was expected with Justin Herbert, the No. 6 pick in the draft, requiring more time to become acclimated. The starting gig is nothing new for Taylor. He has started 46 games in his nine-year career. He has won 24 of them. All except three of those starts happened in Buffalo, where Lynn was the offensive coordinator for the 2016 season.

Taylor’s numbers were not at all impressive (3,023 yards, 17 touchdowns, six interceptions, 61.7 percent completions). However, the Bills boasted the league’s No. 10 scoring offense. The Chargers will need a similar production to complement a defense that could find a niche in the middle of the pack after safety Derwin James was lost for the year. Los Angeles begins the season Sept. 13 at the Cincinnati Bengals.

Speaking of James, his absence opens a door for second-year player Nasir Adderley. the 2019 season-round pick appeared to be the perfect fit in Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme. As well as an ideal running mate for James. But Adderley’s anticipated rookie season never really got underway due to a hamstring injury. An injury that remained from his college pro day to training camp and into the regular season. He finished 2019 on injured reserve and only played 10 defensive snaps. Adderley spent the last two summers competing with Rayshawn Jenkins. Now, though, they might be the Chargers’ starting safeties come the Sept. 13 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Betting Los Angeles Chargers

The Striped Ones are the home dogs per online offshore sportsbooks. Running back Joe Mixon wants to bring a betting Super Bowl to Cinci. he made that clear during his presser this week following the team officially announcing his four-year extension. “I hope I can bring a Super Bowl here one day,” he said. The key to that is Mixon and the Joe Burrow-led offense getting on the same page and staying that way for a long time. Mixon doesn’t think that will be a problem.

“Our offense right now, I believe it’s going to be very special,” Mixon said. “The fans have a lot to look forward to. We’re definitely going to put on a show.” And gelling with Burrow doesn’t look like it will be difficult for one of the best running backs. At least based on their on-field styles. But Mixon’s take on Burrow doesn’t hurt either: “Burrow, he came in day one and he turned a lot of heads. He sees stuff on the field before it happens. He’s so developed so early, he’s not your average, typical rookie.”

Not typical is an appropriate way of describing much of this summer for the Bengals. However, paying up for the heart and soul of a team and a star player who would like to bring a championship to the city is not a strange development for the Bengals. Mixon and Burrow beging their quest for that goal when the season kicks off September 13.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 1 Pick:

Though not favored by online offshore sportsbooks, the Bengals will win, cover the Spread, and the total will go under.