Bengals-Chargers Betting Preview: Can Rivers Cover the 2-TD Spread?
Philip G. Pavely, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Phil Rivers
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.
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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