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Bengals at Chargers: Analysis, odds, expert picks and predictions for Week 14

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Will any expert pick the Bengals this week against the Chargers?

San Diego Chargers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

It isn’t great when your team is a double digit underdog, or when you have to wonder if any expert is going to have the guts to pick your team in an upset, but that’s the state of being a fan of the Bengals right now. It isn’t the best time to be amongst those of Who Dey Nation, but it’s exactly what would make an upset over the Chargers so incredible.

Odds

The Bengals are currently 14-point underdogs against the Chargers, according to Bovada. That is obviously very telling how poorly the oddsmakers view this Bengals team, and It’s hard to argue with it given how they’ve played. Cincinnati has lost four of their last six games by at least 14 points.

The Bengals could prove a lot to the oddsmakers by even covering this spread; considering the last two times they’ve faced actual contender in the Chiefs and Saints, the final point differential was much worse than what was predicted.

Betting trends for both teams:

  • Cincinnati is 1-6 against the spread in its last seven games
  • Cincinnati is 1-6 straight up in its last seven games
  • The total has gone over in four of Cincinnati’s last five games
  • Cincinnati is 4-2 against the spread in its last six games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 6-14 straight up in its last 20 games on the road
  • The total has gone over in five of Cincinnati’s last six games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games when playing the Chargers
  • Cincinnati is 4-1 straight up in its last five games when playing the Chargers
  • The total has gone under in four of Cincinnati’s last five games when playing the Chargers
  • Cincinnati is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games when playing on the road against the Chargers
  • The total has gone under in six of Cincinnati’s last nine games when playing on the road against the Chargers
  • The Chargers is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games
  • The Chargers is 8-1 straight up in its last nine games
  • The total has gone under in four of the Chargers’s last six games
  • The Chargers is 2-4 against the spread in its last six games at home
  • The Chargers is 9-2 straight up in its last 11 games at home
  • The total has gone under in six of the Chargers’s last nine games at home
  • The Chargers is 1-5 against the spread in its last six games when playing Cincinnati
  • The Chargers is 1-4 straight up in its last five games when playing Cincinnati
  • The total has gone under in four of the Chargers’s last five games when playing Cincinnati
  • The Chargers is 1-4 against the spread in its last five games when playing at home against Cincinnati
  • The total has gone under in six of the Chargers’s last nine games when playing at home against Cincinnati

Expert picks and predictions

  • Fox Sports predicts an 18.7 to 27.5 loss for the Bengals
  • All 10 of ESPN’s experts picked the Chargers to defeat the Bengals
  • None of CBS Sports’ eight experts went with the Cincinnati upset
  • SB Nation was also unanimous with their selection of Los Angeles
  • NFL Pick Watch, which takes into account picks from experts all across the web, have the Bengals getting a staggering zero percent of picks.

It appears the Bengals aren’t going to get picked that much more this season except by experts looking to make up ground against their fellow peers. This week it doesn’t look like they even got a nibble, though. It is officially the Bengals vs. the world this week, which would make an upset all the more satisfying.