The winless Cincinnati Bengals (0-9) travel to California this weekend for an all-AFC clash with the Oakland Raiders (5-4). Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on November 17th at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Raiders listed as 10-point home favorites. The spread has increased by over a full point after early betting, as Oakland is currently available at -11.5. The total for this matchup is 48.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 11 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Raiders vs Bengals Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Bengals are still searching for their first win of the season after getting embarrassed 49-13 at home against Baltimore last weekend. Cincinnati was badly outplayed on both sides of the ball en route to their third straight double-digit loss. QB Ryan Finley really struggled in his NFL debut, going just 16/30 for 167 passing yards and one touchdown. RB Joe Mixon had a massive workload on the ground, rushing for 114 yards on a season-high 30 carries. Tyler Boyd led the way for the receiving corps, making six catches for 62 yards. Overall, the Bengals generated just over 300 total yards of offense against a tough Ravens defense.
Cincinnati was atrocious defensively against the Ravens, getting torched for almost 400 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. The Bengals had no answer for Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson, as he threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns through the air while also adding a highlight-reel touchdown on the ground.
The Raiders won their second consecutive game last week, beating the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 at home on Thursday Night Football to improve to 5-4 on the season overall. Oakland had a 17-14 lead at the half and managed to hang on down the stretch despite getting outscored over the final two quarters of the game. QB Derek Carr went 21/31 for 218 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while Josh Jacobs racked up 71 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Jalen Richard led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in four catches for 43 yards against a tough Chargers secondary. As a whole, the Raiders gained just under 300 total yards of offense in the win.
Oakland had a decent outing on the other side of the ball in Week 10, giving up just over 350 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Raiders did a great job putting pressure on Philip Rivers, recording three interceptions and only 207 passing yards.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: UNDER 48.5
While Oakland will likely win this game outright rather easily, I’m not so sure I want to lay 11.5 points against a Bengals team that will likely be content to pound the ball on the ground with Joe Mixon. Even though that probably isn’t the best game plan against a tough Raiders run defense, it should allow Cincinnati to run down the clock and hopefully find a way to stay within two possessions. The Raiders will also likely stick to the ground, especially since Josh Jacobs has been extremely effective running the football over his past several outings. Ultimately, Oakland could still grind out a cover – I just don’t want to throw darts against what looks to be a pretty efficient spread.
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My favorite play in this particular spot is definitely the UNDER on 48.5 total points scored, as the Bengals should be able to avoid another embarrassing outing on defense. Cincinnati had found a way to lose with dignity prior to Week 10, giving up more than 27 points just once in eight games. The Bengals struggles on offense should also help keep the total remain UNDER 48.5, as they have now scored 17 points or less in four straight outings. Finally, the UNDER has also come through in five straight games the Bengals have played on the road. I’ll avoid both sides against what looks to be a very accurate spread in favor of the UNDER on 48.5 total points scored.