NFL Betting Preview: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Oddsmakers give the Los Angeles Chargers (0-0) the advantage on Sunday, September 13, 2020 against the Cincinnati Bengals (0-0). Los Angeles is favored by 3.5 points. The point total is set at 46.5 for the outing.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 13, 2020 Game Time: 4:05 PM TV Channel: CBS Location: Cincinnati, OH Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
Chargers Players to WatchTyrod Taylor racked up 33 passing yards (4.1 yards per game) with a 66.7% completion percentage last year (4-of-6), while throwing one touchdown and zero interceptions in eight games. A season ago, Austin Ekeler churned out 557 rushing yards (34.8 yards per game) and scored three touchdowns in 16 games. He added 92 catches for 993 yards (62.1 receiving yards per game) with eight receiving touchdowns. In 2019, Justin Jackson rushed for 200 yards on 29 carries (28.6 ypg), with zero rushing touchdowns over the course of seven games. Last season, Keenan Allen grabbed 104 passes (on 150 targets) for 1,199 yards (74.9 yards per game) with six touchdowns in 16 games. Mike Williams contributed with 1,001 yards on 49 catches with two touchdowns. He was targeted 90 times and put up 66.7 receiving yards per game in 15 matchups last year. Last season, Joey Bosa collected 11.5 sacks, 17.0 TFL and 66 tackles in 16 games. In 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign, Nick Vigil totaled 108 tackles, 3.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception. Rayshawn Jenkins picked off three passes while adding 52 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and four passes defended over 16 games a season ago.
Bengals Players to WatchRyan Finley recorded 474 passing yards (158.0 yards per game) with a 47.1% completion percentage last year (41-of-87), while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions in three games. He also tacked on 77 rushing yards on 10 carries, averaging 25.7 yards per game. Joe Mixon took 278 attempts for 1,138 rushing yards a season ago (71.1 yards per game) while scoring five touchdowns in 16 games. He also caught 35 passes for 287 yards (17.9 receiving yards per game) with three touchdowns through the air. Giovani Bernard totaled 170 rushing yards on 53 carries (10.6 yards per game), with zero touchdowns on the ground over the course of 16 games in 2019. Tyler Boyd hauled in 90 passes for 1,045 yards last season while scoring five touchdowns. He was targeted 148 times and averaged 65.3 yards per game over 16 outings. Auden Tate also added 575 yards on 40 grabs with one touchdown. He was targeted 80 times and averaged 47.9 receiving yards per game over the course of 12 matchups last year. Carlos Dunlap had a solid body of work a year ago, registering 9.0 sacks, 13.0 TFL and 63 tackles over 14 games. Shawn Williams racked up 110 tackles, 5.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception in 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign. Darius Phillips picked off four passes and tacked on four tackles and seven passes defended in eight games last season.
Chargers vs Bengals: Last 5 MeetingsIn the past five meetings, Cincinnati has a 4-1 record against Los Angeles. Cincinnati has outpaced Los Angeles 116 points to 88 in the past five contests.
Chargers vs Bengals: Last Five Meetings
Chargers Team DataThe Bengals allowed their opponents to score an average of 26.2 points per game last season, 5.1 more than the 21.1 the Chargers put on the scoreboard in each contest. In games where Los Angeles scored at least 21.1 points last season, they put together a record of 4-1. When the Cincinnati defense allowed 26.2 points or fewer last year, the Bengals put together a 2-7 record. The Chargers offense racked up 26.4 fewer yards than the Bengals defense allowed last season (367.4 to 393.8). Los Angeles' record last season when they accumulated at least their season average in total yards: 4-2. Cincinnati was 2-7 last season when their defense allowed fewer yards than their season average. The Bengals allowed opposing rushing attacks to average 148.9 yards per game in 2019 compared to the 90.8 yards the Chargers offense averaged on the ground per contest. Los Angeles was 3-5 last season when they ran for at least their season average. Last season, when the Cincinnati defense allowed opponents to pick up less than 148.9 yards on the ground, they were 2-7. Last season, the Bengals forced an average of 1 turnover per game compared to the 1.9 times Chargers turned the football over in each contest. In games where they turned the football over 1.9 times or fewer, Los Angeles was 4-3 last season. Cincinnati was 1-10 last season when they forced at least 1 turnover in a game.
Bengals Team DataLast year, the Bengals put up 4.2 fewer points per game (17.4) than the Chargers surrendered (21.6). Cincinnati finished 2-4 overall a season ago when the team recorded at least 17.4 points. Last season, Los Angeles had a 4-1 record in games when it held opponents to 21.1 or fewer points. In 2019, the Bengals averaged only 10 more yards per game (323.1), than the Chargers allowed per outing (313.1). Los Angeles' record last season when they racked up at least their season average in total yards: 4-2. In games Los Angeles limited its opponents to 313.1 or fewer yards last year, it recorded a 3-4 record. Last season, the Bengals racked up 94.9 rushing yards per game, 17.9 fewer per game than the Chargers allowed per outing (112.8). Cincinnati compiled a 1-6 record when the team rushed for at least 94.9 yards last year. When Los Angeles limited its opponents to 112.8 rushing yards or less last season, it finished 3-6. The Bengals turned the ball over 1.9 times per game last year, just 1.0 more turnover per game than the 0.9 the Chargers forced on average. In 2019, Cincinnati finished 2-6 when it turned the ball over 1.9 times or less. Los Angeles compiled a 2-9 record when it forced at least 0.9 turnovers last season.
Chargers Fantasy LeadersEkeler ended the season 30th overall among all players and seventh among all RBs in 2019 with 217.0 fantasy points (13.6 per game). Allen totaled 157.5 fantasy points a season ago (9.8 per game), enough to place him 59th overall and 11th among wide receivers in league-wide fantasy standings. Last year, Mike Williams' 112.3 total fantasy points made him the No. 105 fantasy player and No. 37 wide receiver. He averaged 7.5 fantasy points per game. Hunter Henry put together the 126th-ranked fantasy season (eighth among tight ends) in 2019 with 95.2 fantasy points, averaging 7.9 per game.
Bengals Fantasy LeadersMixon put together a solid 2019 fantasy season, scoring 190.5 total fantasy points (11.9 per game) to finish 38th overall and 11th among running backs in the league-wide fantasy rankings. Last year, Boyd finished as the 84th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 25th-ranked wide receiver. He totaled 132.8 fantasy points, averaging 8.3 per game. John Ross was the 70th-best wide receiver and the 178th-best fantasy player overall with 67.0 fantasy points last season, averaging 8.4 per game. Tate's 2019 fantasy rankings saw him finish as the No. 187 player overall and the No. 74 wide receiver after he put up 61.5 fantasy points (5.1 per game).
Chargers vs Bengals Betting Information
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Chargers Betting InsightsLast year, Los Angeles compiled a 4-9-1 record against the spread. Last season, the Chargers had an ATS record of 2-4 when favored by 3.5 points or more. In 2019, Los Angeles played in only six games that went above the point total (42.9% of its opportunities).
Chargers Road TrendsLos Angeles finished an even 3-3-1 against the spread in away games last year, and went 3-5 overall on the road. The Chargers put together a 2-1 ATS record when favored by at least 3.5 points in away games last season. Los Angeles hit the over five times in eight opportunities on the road last year (62.5%). The average total in Chargers away games last season was 42.4 points, 4.1 fewer than this outing's over/under (46.5).
Bengals Betting InsightsJust seven of Cincinnati's 14 games with a betting line last year went over the point total (42.9% of its opportunities). Cincinnati had a losing 5-8-1 record against the spread last year.
Bengals Home TrendsCincinnati hit the over in just four out of eight home games last year with a point total prop bet (50%). Bengals home games last season averaged 46.2 total points, 0.3 fewer than this contest's over/under (46.5). Cincinnati's record against the spread in home games last year was just 2-4-1, and its record at home overall was 2-6.
Additional InfoFive of Los Angeles' games went over 46.5 points last season (31.2% of matchups). Cincinnati's games went over 46.5 points five times last year (31.2% of matchups). The teams combined to score 38.5 points per contest last season, 8.0 fewer points than this game's total. Combined, these teams surrendered 47.8 points per contest last year, 1.3 more points than the total for this game. The Chargers had an average point total of 42.6 in their outings last season, 3.9 fewer points than this game's over/under. Bengals matchups last year had a 43.7-point average over/under, 2.8 fewer points than this game's total.
Bryan Bulaga: Questionable (Hamstring),
Virgil Green: Questionable (Quadricep),
Trai Turner: Questionable (Knee),
Mike Pouncey: Out (Hip),
Mike Williams: Questionable (Shoulder)
Shawn Williams: Out (Calf),
Geno Atkins: Out (Shoulder),
LeShaun Sims: Doubtful (Not Injury Related)