Chargers vs. Bengals Free NFL Week 13 Picks and Odds Breakdown

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Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to pass. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

The LA Chargers (6-5) stay on the road, this time to Cincy after dropping Week 12’s game in Denver. Meanwhile, the Bengals (7-4) are home once again following a blowout victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Can the Bengals do the same to the LA Chargers? Below, we’ll take a look at the early NFL odds and best sportsbook to bet with. 

L.A. Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, December 5, 2021 – 1:00 PM EST at Paul Brown Stadium

The Chargers entered Week 12 as 2.5-point favorites and are now the team getting the points. As for the Bengals, they were 3.5-point favorites last week and remain the favorite for this week. According to BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review), Cincy is a 3 point favorite.

The Matchup

The Chargers, who were favored to win last week, ended up falling 28-13 to the Broncos at Mile High. LA struggled on the ground and second-year quarterback Justin Herbert threw two interceptions, including a pick-six. Herbert completed just 28 of 44 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the ground game with 36 yards on 4 carries. 

Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

The narrative was better for Cincy, who put the Steelers to bed on Sunday, beating them 41-10. Running back Joe Mixon stole the show, rushing for a career-high 165 yards on 28 carries and having two touchdowns. Burrow completed 14 of 18 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw one interception, but the defense made up for that mistake by picking off Big Ben twice.

These two 2020 rookie QBs going head to head on Sunday are fairly similar. Herbert is completing 66 percent of his passes for 3,230 yards, 24 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions. While Burrow has a 68.3 completion percentage, has thrown for  2,835 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

On defense, the Chargers are a little bit weaker than Cincy’s, allowing 26.6 points and 350.2 yards a game. Cincy is allowing 20.5 points and 348.2 yards per game. Blowing out teams has been the norm for the Bengals over the last two weeks as they did the same to the Las Vegas Raiders, coming up with a 32-12 road win.

Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals . Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

As for the Chargers, they barely beat the Steelers 41-37. However, that doesn’t make the Bengals any better. Both teams have fallen to bad teams in the league as Cincy surprisingly lost to the Jets and the Bears, while the Chargers let the Vikings and, of course, the Broncos beat them. 

Prediction

These two teams are not far off from each other so it could come down to the wire, however, the Bengals are on fire and while their streak will need to come to an end soon, I don’t see that happening against the Chargers.

Mixon will be used a lot here against the Chargers’ slow-run defense but if they figure out how to stop him, Burrow has enough weapons in the air too. Take this into consideration for your NFL picks.

NFL Pick: Cincinnati Bengals -3.5 (-115) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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