Wild Card Weekend: Raiders at Bengals Betting Preview
Three things you need to know before betting on Raiders-Bengals:
1. The Bengals have gotten the best of this head-to-head series in recent years, going 4-1 straight-up and 5-0 against the spread when facing the Raiders over the past decade. That includes Cincinnati’s victory as a 2-point road favorite this past November, a game the Bengals won 32-13 despite quarterback Joe Burrow throwing for a season-low 148 passing yards. Las Vegas has lost each of its past three trips to Cincinnati by 14 or more points while being outscored by an average margin of 18.3 points over the three games. The last time the Raiders beat the Bengals on the road was in November 1995.
2. Cincinnati’s offense averaged more than 360 total yards per game during the 2021 regular season, but the Bengals were one of only four playoff teams along with Dallas, Pittsburgh and Kansas City with a defense that allowed an average of more than 350 total yards per game. The Raiders, however, are 2-7 both straight-up and against the spread this season when facing an opponent that’s allowing an average of 350 or more total yards per game. Las Vegas has been outscored by an average margin of 12.6 points over the nine games.
3. Only the Jets and Jaguars forced fewer turnovers than the Las Vegas defense did during the 2021 regular season, as the Raiders recovered nine opponent fumbles while tallying a league-low six interceptions over 17 games. The Over is 9-3-1 in games Cincinnati has played under head coach Zac Taylor against teams that force an average of one or fewer turnovers per game. The Over is 9-2 in home games the Bengals have played under Taylor against opponents with a winning record, with an average of 54.9 total points having been scored over those 11 games.