Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals NFL Wild Card Playoffs Odds & Picks
According to NFL gambling sites, the Bengals were 2.5-point road faves when these teams played in November. It isn’t surprising to see Cincinnati open as a 6.5-point home favorite in the rematch. The opening total of 49 is a few points lower than it was for the previous game, which Cincinnati won 32-13.
When the season started, not many would have thought of Raiders vs Bengals when asked about a possible AFC playoff matchup. Cincinnati (10-7 SU, 10-7 ATS) hasn’t won a playoff game since 1990. The Raiders (10-7, 8-9) are making just their second postseason trip in nigh 20 years.
Raiders vs. Bengals NFL Wild Card Playoffs Odds by MyBookie.ag
|Raiders||+5½ ( -110 )||49 ( -110 )||+195|
|Bengals||-5½ ( -110 )||49 ( -110 )||-245|
Betting Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are road dogs per the best online sportsbooks. They have gone through a tumultuous regular season with the resignation of head coach Jon Gruden and the arrest of murderer Henry Ruggs. Las Vegas won its past four games of the season. Three of those wins were by a field goal or less.
Last week’s 35-32 OT win over the Chargers was the sixth game this year that Vegas won on the last play. That is the most since the NFL merger in 1970. Considering how many times they’ve been dismissed this year, the Raiders probably don’t mind being dismissed again in most people’s Raiders vs Bengals picks.
Each of Las Vegas’ last three wins were as an underdog. The Raiders are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight as a road dog. Although tight end Darren Waller returned last week, the Raiders do have some injury issues heading into the postseason. Running back Josh Jacobs battled through a rib injury to gather 132 rushing yards and a TD against the Chargers. Defensive tackle Darius Philon sustained a season-ending injury late in the fourth quarter.
Betting Cincinnati Bengals
The Stripped Ones are home favorites at NFL gambling sites. The last time we saw Joe Burrow, he limped off the field in the final seconds of a Week 17 win over KC that secured the AFC North title. He was one of several Cincy players who sat out Sunday’s regular-season finale in Cleveland.
However, he was fully participated all week in practice. His bum knee isn’t expected to be a problem. The Bengals need Burrow healthy as well as another big performance from Ja’Marr Chase. History doesn’t favor them in any Raiders vs Bengals matchups.
Cincinnati hasn’t won a postseason game since 1990 and is, according to NFL gambling sites, 0-7 SU and 0-6-1 ATS in its last seven wild-card game games. Although four of those seven games took place at home. Chase says this motivates the team.
“That’s all we constantly hear,” the LSU product told the Associated Press after setting the Bengals’ single-season receiving yards record last week. “So finally having everybody say the opposite of what they’re used to, that’s what we’re trying to do here.”
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals NFL Betting Pick
The Raiders and the Bengals played each other on November 21. The Bengals won 32-13 in a game in which Cincinnati dominated the time of possession and ran 70 plays. The Bengals are the superior team.
It feels as if people are just waiting for these Raiders to disappear. Having said that, the Raiders play with an odd kind of confidence and are a team that just finds ways to stick around. The Raiders also play some of their best ball when on the road. Which is where they’ve won five of their past eight outings.
They’ve covered six of their last eight as a dog on the road. The Bengals are young at many key positions. Who can tell how they will perform in these spots. The weather is expected to be cold and rainy. Take the points.