Bengals-Chargers Betting Preview: Can Rivers Cover the 2-TD Spread?


Philip G. Pavely, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Phil Rivers

Dec 09, 2018, 01:51 PM EST

Betting odds: Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Chargers

  • Spread: Chargers -14
  • Over/Under: 47.5
  • Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: CBS

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Betting market: Even though they have to lay 14 or 14.5 points, more than 70% of the public is backing the Chargers and fading quarterback Jeff Driskel and the Bengals.

There was enough sharp action on Cincy at +14.5 to move the line down to a consensus of +14 at the time of writing (see live betting data here). — Mark Gallant

Trends to know: Cincinnati lost 24-10 to Denver in Week 13. Double-digit underdogs following a double-digit loss have gone 51-24-2 (68%) ATS since 2003. However, in the past five season these teams are only 11-13-1 ATS. – John Ewing

Philip Rivers and the Chargers are 14-point favorites at home against the Bengals, who are without Andy Dalton and A.J. Green for the rest of the season.

Rivers is 6-12 against the spread (-6 units) when he’s giving 10 or more points, making him the second-least profitable QB (Ben Roethlisberger) in this spot since 2006.

When the game is played in December or later, Rivers is 1-5 ATS, failing to cover the spread by 9.5 PPG. — Evan Abrams

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