Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pick – NFL, September 13, 2020
Heading into Cincinnati as the betting favorite, the Chargers are loving their chances of getting off to a fast start.
On the other hand, the Bengals are licking their chops knowing they’re playing at home against a team that went 5-11 in 2019.
This is what makes previewing this game so fascinating.
I’ll start diving into the matchup after a quick look at the odds, eventually arriving at a Chargers vs. Bengals pick.
Chargers vs. Bengals Odds
The juice attached to the odds tells me the best U.S. sports betting sites are on the verge of bumping this line up to 3.5, possibly even 4 points. What’s tricky about attacking either side is that neither of these teams could be trusted against the spread (ATS) a season ago. Cincy sported a 6-10 mark ATS while LA was even worse (4-9-3).
Being that we can’t fade them both, let’s take a peek at the total.
44 points is pretty average for an NFL game, although the Bengals offense could struggle to generate momentum without any fans in the stands. In terms of ATS numbers, there’s not much to glean going back to 2019 data. Plus, Cincinnati’s offense should look completely different now with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner leading the way in the huddle.
Chargers vs. Bengals Preview
Go ahead and start locking in these Joe Burrow props now. We know the LSU product has a long leash and will have ample opportunity to rack up some pretty gaudy statistics.
On the flip side, fellow rookie QB Justin Herbert is likely going to have to wait his turn in La La Land. Anthony Lynn is confident Tyrod Taylor can guide his team to victories, and center Mike Pouncey was quick to point out that Taylor is the distinguished leader in their clubhouse.
Look for Los Angeles to run the ball early and often and rely on Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry on lots of quick-hitting passes. Once Austin Ekeler can establish himself in the running game, a few play-action deep balls to Mike Williams will undoubtedly be sprinkled in. Keep in mind, Cincinnati lost a major piece of their secondary after Trae Waynes suffered a pectoral injury in training camp. The Bolts would be wise to take advantage of the mismatches on the outside exacerbated by Waynes’ absence, but don’t expect them to get carried and start calling a bunch of 7-step drops.
If Tyrod ends up chucking it 45 times, that means their game plan went awry.
Chargers vs. Bengals Prediction
Our first look at Joe Burrow in the NFL is enough for me to not want to miss this game. If you need any extra motivation, lock in a Chargers vs. Bengals pick.
I’m a believer that Burrow can turn the Cincy franchise around but am aware it’ll be a work in progress. With some growing pains involved.
Studying Los Angeles, I see a complete roster ready to win games right now.
Sufficient balance on offense is aided by the acquisition of Bryan Bulaga, and the back end of the defense won’t have to begin this season without the services of Derwin James. Talk about a top-tier safety, 4x Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris Jr. can’t help but extol his new teammate.
The Bolts may or may not surge into the playoffs in 2020, but they should be able to walk out of Paul Brown Stadium relatively unscathed and with a 1-0 record.
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