Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Diego Chargers: NFL Week 13 Betting Odds and Picks

Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Diego Chargers
Sunday, 12/1/13, 4:25 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Cincinnati -1.5
Current Betting Line:  Cincinnati -1.5
Opening Total:  45
Current Total:  48
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San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers leads the NFL in completion percentage

Cincinnati snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 41-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns as 4.5-point home favorites on Nov. 17, while going OVER the betting total of 40.  The Bengals are 13-19 SU all-time against the Chargers, but they’ve won the last two meetings, which is important to consider when making your NFL betting picks in Week 13.  The franchise has dropped 34 of 48 previous trips on the West Coach, including a 3-5 mark under head coach Marvin Lewis.  Cincinnati is 3-3 SU and 3-2-1 ATS when the betting line is between +3 and -3 this season.

The Bengals are surviving on defense despite the significant losses of three key players for the season, including defensive tackle Geno Atkins.  Cincinnati is on pace to outscore opponents by a 400-300 margin through 16 games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro football odds page.  The last time the team scored 400 points in a season was 2005, when it captured the AFC North Division.  Third-year quarterback Andy Dalton will look to improve upon his 26-17 record as a starter, while he’s thrown 48 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the red zone over the course of his career.

San Diego comes into this week’s game at 5-6, as it comes off a thrilling 41-38 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday.  The Chargers racked up 491 yards against the Chiefs—their third-highest total of the 2013 campaign.  It’s important to point out that signal-caller Philip Rivers has compiled a 26-5 record in the month of December, which is this the most of any player since 2006 in that situation.  San Diego is 10-10 SU and 8-12 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 12-8 in those 20 opportunities.

The Chargers have had plenty of players protecting Rivers this season, as they’ve played a total of 16 different combinations on the offensive line.  San Diego has still managed to allow the fourth-fewest sacks in the league this season.  The former NC State Wolfpack star is leading all quarterbacks with a 70.8 completion percentage and sits fifth in terms of passer rating.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings in this AFC series.

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