Cincinnati Bengals vs. Oakland Raiders - 12/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Oakland Raiders (3-10) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-8)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -3 -- Over/Under: 46 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals meet Sunday in week 15 NFL action at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Oakland Raiders have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Oakland Raiders have lost five of their last six road games. Derek Carr is completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,434 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Carr has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last 13 games. Jared Cook and Jordy Nelson have combined for 1,323 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Jalen Richard has 57 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 101.5 yards per contest, and Doug Martin leads the way with 477 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 29.8 points and 392.2 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Oakland Raiders with 104 tackles, Maurice Hurst has four sacks and Gareon Conley has two interceptions.
The Cincinnati Bengals could use a victory here that would snap a five-game losing streak. The Cincinnati Bengals have lost each of their last three home games. Jeff Driskel is completing 66 percent of his passes for 645 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Driskel will make his third career NFL start when he takes the field in this contest. Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green have combined for 1,654 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while C.J. Uzomah has 37 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 98.8 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 866 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 30.5 points and 421.9 yards per game. Jessie Bates leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 94 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has eight sacks and Shawn Williams has four interceptions.
The Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 8-17-2 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Bengals are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. AFC, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Bengals last 5 games on fieldturf. The under is 14-6 in Raiders last 20 games overall.
The Oakland Raiders are coming off a shocking outright win over the Pittsburgh Steelers when they were double-digit underdogs, and they've played their best football overall these last four weeks. The Cincinnati Bengals nearly upset the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but they're being outscored by an average of 14.8 points during this five-game losing streak. The Oakland Raiders have covered three of their last four games when an underdog of at least three points. The Cincinnati Bengals have split their last 10 games ATS when a favorite of at least three points. I guess the Bengals should be the favorites considering they're at home, but I'm not laying points with Driskel at quarterback and a roster that's loaded with injuries. I'm just not doing it. We're getting a free field goal with the team led by the better quarterback and a more confident bunch given its result against the Steelers. The Bengals are simply waiting for the season to end so they can get healthy and make coaching changes. Give me the Raiders and the points in a game they should win outright.