Raiders at Bengals Total Prediction
Is the over the best play on the board in Sunday’s matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals? The non-playoff contenders will meet at 1:00 p.m. ET.
309 Oakland Raiders at 310 Cincinnati Bengals
1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, December 16
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Bengals are 3-point favorites to beat the Raiders. The total, meanwhile, sits at 46 points. As of this writing, 56% of the public betting tickets are on the Bengals to cover the point spread.
Derek Carr completed 25-of-34 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders' upset win over the Steelers. Carr started this game hot, completing each of his first six passes to help the Raiders jump out to an early 7-0 lead. He did not do much of note following that opening drive, however, and lost a bad fumble with Oakland in scoring position in the third quarter. He bounced back in a big way in the fourth. With the Raiders down by four, Carr led a 14-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to give them the lead. He kicked off that march with a great throw to Marcell Ateman for 28 yards, found Jordy Nelson for a big third-down conversion, and capped the drive with a three-yard toss to Lee Smith. The Steelers quickly answered back, but Carr would not concede. He quickly led Oakland back down the field, picking up 39 yards with a pinpoint throw to Seth Roberts to set up a first-and-goal. After three failed plays, he found Derek Carrier open at the goal line for the game-winning score. It was an impressive final quarter for the maligned QB. He will look to keep that momentum going against the Bengals.
Jeff Driskel completed 18-of-27 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Chargers. Driskel appeared to also have a rushing touchdown, but it was eventually called back on a questionable reversal. The Bengals then false-started on the next play from the one-yard line and kicked a field goal. Driskel had 12 rushing yards total. Driskel's one score was thrown to a wide-open John Ross from six yards out. Driskel will be a QB2 next week against Oakland.
NFL Betting Trends
The under is 4-0 in the Raiders’ last four games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
The over is 4-1 in the Bengals’ last five games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous contest.
The Bengals have allowed 27 touchdown passes and a league-high 20 touchdowns to running backs this season. Not that the Raiders have dynamic backs but they should be able to move the ball on this banged-up Cincinnati defense. The same goes for the Bengals scoring on the Raiders, who allow nearly 30 points per game. Despite injuries impacting both teams, I like the over.
NFL Week 15 Prediction: Raiders/Bengals over 46