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Bengals vs. 49ers odds, betting trends, expert picks and predictions

The oddsmakers and experts are at odds over who they think the favorite is in this game.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are hosting the San Francisco 49ers this week. The oddsmakers and experts seem to view this game quite differently from each other. Which one thinks the Bengals have the better shot in this one?

Odds

The Bengals are currently 2-point home underdogs against the 49ers, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. It has been a few weeks since the Bengals were underdogs and at home no less. It is a little strange to not see this viewed as more of an even matchup. San Francisco is also coming off a disappointing loss and traveling across the country, much like the Los Angeles Chargers did last week.

The over/under is also set at 49 points. Only one of the Bengals’ last six games haven’t reached that mark. The game that didn’t ended up being a 45 point game.

Betting trends

  • The total has gone over in five of Cincinnati’s last six games.
  • Cincinnati is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games at home.
  • Cincinnati is 2-5 straight up in their last seven games when playing at home against San Francisco.
  • The total has gone over in four of Cincinnati’s last five games this season.
  • The total has gone under in eight of Cincinnati’s last nine games against an opponent in the NFC.
  • Cincinnati is 1-4 straight up in their last five games against an opponent in the NFC West.
  • Cincinnati is 3-6 against the spread in their last nine games played in December.
  • San Francisco is 4-2 against the spread in their last six games.
  • The total has gone over in five of San Francisco’s last seven games.
  • San Francisco is 4-2 straight up in their last six games.
  • San Francisco is 12-3 straight up in their last 15 games against Cincinnati.
  • San Francisco is 5-2 straight up in their last seven games on the road.
  • San Francisco is 5-2 straight up in their last seven games when playing on the road against Cincinnati.
  • The total has gone over in four of San Francisco’s last six games against an opponent in the AFC.
  • The total has gone under in five of San Francisco’s last six games against an opponent in the AFC North.
  • San Francisco are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games played in December.

Experts predictions

  • Six of ESPN’s 11 experts are sticking with the Bengals
  • CBS Sports has five of their eight experts taking Cincinnati
  • Seven of the Athletic’s experts are picking the Bengals
  • NFL Pick Watch, which takes into account picks from across the web, has Cincinnati receiving 59 percent of the picks.

It seems the Bengals still have plenty of fans among the experts despite last week's loss. That they host the 49ers probably helped decide the tiebreaker among a few people picking the game, but this Bengals team showed some resilience. If not for a couple of freak turnovers, who knows how close that game actually ends up being.

It also likely helps that Cincinnati is getting back Trey Hopkins and Riley Reiff to their offensive line after missing last week. However, this 49ers team is also very capable. They are as much of a threat as the Chargers were last week.