CHARGERS VS. BENGALS: PREVIEW AT YOUWAGER

San Diego Chargers (9-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-5)

Kickoff: Sunday, January 5th, at 1:05 pm

Line: Cincinnati -6.5 Total: 46.5

In Sunday’s AFC Wildcard Playoff game, the Cincinnati Bengals host the San Diego Chargers. In the 2013 NFL football wagering season, Cincinnati won the AFC North with victories over New England, Green Bay, and Indianapolis. The Bengals made it to the playoffs in the last two seasons, but they weren’t able to win. This time, the Bengals are 6.5 favorites at YouWager.

Cincinnati’s quarterback, Andy Dalton, seems to improve with each season. He’s completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 4,296 yards, scoring 33 touchdowns and throwing 20 interceptions. Cincinnati’s ground game has alternated two running backs. BenJarvus Gren-Ellis has rushed for 756 yards and Giovanni Bernard rushed for 695 yards, plus he caught 56 passes. In the 2013 NFL football betting season, Cincinnati’s offense has averaged 26.9 points and 368.4 yards per game. Their defense gave up 19.1 points per game, and rated 3rd in the league with 305.5 yards per game. Since Dalton joined the Bengals, many online sportsbook bettors feel they have consistently improved every year.

Some years back, the San Diego Chargers were expected to make the playoffs every season. But it hasn’t happened in the last few years. Quarterback Philip Rivers has one of the fastest releases in the National Football League. Completing 69.5 percent of his passes, he’s thrown for 4,478 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Ryan Mathews has rushed for 1,255 yards. Danny Woodhead rushed for 429 yards and also made 76 receptions. San Diego’s offense has averaged 24.8 points per game, and they are 5th in the NFL, averaging 393.3 yards per game, and 4th in the league in passing yards, with 270.5 per game. Their defense allowed opponents to claim 21.8 points and 366.5 yards per game. Online oddsmakers expect the Chargers to be motivated, and they will need that kind of enthusiasm to change their record.

Against a team with a winning record, the Bengals are 5-0 against the spread. They are 4-1 against the spread against the AFC. In their last 12 games at home, the Bengals are 11-1 against the spread. After a game in which they didn’t cover the spread, the Chargers are 6-2 against the spread. In their last 11 games on the road, San Diego is 7-3-1 against the spread, and after a victory, they are 3-9-1 against the spread. In the last 7 matchups between these two teams, the road team has covered the point spread in 6 games. At YouWager, the Chargers are 6.5 underdogs. The Total is 46.5. Game time on Sunday afternoon is 1PM Eastern.

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