Chargers vs. Bengals: NFL Betting Preview – September 13, 2020

Written By Staff on September 9, 2020
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The Los Angeles Chargers (0-0) play the Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) and sit as 3.5-point favorites on Sunday, September 13. An over/under of 43 is set for the contest.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings Sportsbook as of September 8, 2020, 1:51 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings.

Chargers vs. Bengals odds

Total Facts

  • Both Chargers and Bengals games went over 43 points on seven occasions each last season (43.8% of matchups).
  • Last season, the two teams averaged a combined 38.5 points per contest, 4.5 fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • These two teams combined to surrender 47.8 points per game last season, which is 4.8 greater than the total for this matchup.
  • Chargers games last season posted an average total of 42.6, which is 0.4 points fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • The average total for Bengals games last season was 43.7 points, 0.7 more than this game’s over/under.

Chargers Betting Insights

  • Eight out of 14 Chargers games with a betting line last year did not go over the point total (57.1%).
  • Los Angeles put together a losing 4-9-1 record against the spread (ATS) last year.
  • The Chargers went just 2-4 ATS last season when playing as at least 3.5-point favorites.

Bengals Betting Insights

  • Cincinnati games went under the point total seven times in 14 opportunities last year.
  • Cincinnati covered the spread only five times in 2019.
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Chargers vs Bengals: Last Five Meetings

  • Cincinnati has won against Los Angeles four times in the past five meetings.
  • Cincinnati has outpaced Los Angeles 116 points to 88 in the past five contests.

When the Chargers Have the Ball

  • The Chargers averaged 5.1 fewer points per game last season (21.1) than the Bengals allowed (26.2).
  • In games where Los Angeles scored at least 21.1 points last season, they were 4-1 overall and 3-1 ATS.
  • When Cincinnati allowed 26.2 points or fewer last year, they were 2-7 overall and 5-2-1 ATS.
  • The Chargers offense averaged 367.4 total yards per game last season, 26.4 yards fewer than the 393.8 allowed by the Bengals defense.
  • When the Los Angeles offense reached at least their average in yardage, they were 4-2 overall and 3-1 ATS last season.
  • When Cincinnati allowed fewer total yards to opposing offenses than their season average, they were 3-4-1 ATS and 2-7 overall last season.
  • The Chargers averaged 90.8 rushing  yards per game last season, 58.1 yards fewer than the Bengals allowed to opposing ground games (148.9).
  • In games where the Los Angeles rushing attack put together at least their season average in yardage, they went 3-5 overall and 2-4 ATS.
  • Los Angeles’ record last season when they accumulated at least their season average in total yards: 4-2 overall and 3-1 ATS.
  • Cincinnati was 3-5 ATS and 2-7 overall in games where their opponents rushed for fewer than 148.9 yards.
  • The Bengals forced roughly half amount of turnovers per game (1.0) as the Chargers offense committed (1.9).
  • Los Angeles was 4-3 overall and 4-2-1 ATS last season when they turned the football over 1.9 times or fewer.
  • Cincinnati was 4-4-1 ATS and 1-10 overall last season when they forced at least one turnover.

When the Bengals Have the Ball

  • Last year, the Bengals scored 4.2 fewer points per game (17.4) than the Chargers gave up (21.6).
  • Cincinnati went 2-3 ATS and 2-4 overall a season ago when they scored at least 17.4 points.
  • Los Angeles had a 3-1 record ATS and a 4-1 record overall in games when they gave up 21.1 points or less last season.
  • The Bengals averaged 323.1 yards per game in 2019, just 10 more than the 313.1 the Chargers allowed per outing.
  • In games Los Angeles limited its opponents to 313.1 or fewer yards, it put together a 3-4 record ATS and a 3-4 record overall.
  • Last season, the Bengals ran for 17.9 fewer yards per game (94.9) than the Chargers allowed per contest (112.8).
  • Cincinnati went 2-5 ATS and 1-6 overall in games the team rushed for at least 94.9 yards in 2019.
  • Los Angeles finished 3-4-1 ATS and 3-6 overall when holding opponents to 112.8 rushing yards or less last season.
  • The Bengals turned the ball over 1.9 times per game last year, 1.0 more turnover per game than the 0.9 the Chargers forced on average.
  • In 2019, Cincinnati had a 3-4 record ATS and a 2-6 record overall when it turned the ball 1.9 or fewer times.
  • When it forced 0.9 or more turnovers last season, Los Angeles went 2-7-1 ATS and 2-9 overall.

Chargers Players to Watch

  • Last year, Tyrod Taylor put up 33 passing yards (4.1 yards per game) while going 4-for-6 (66.7% completion percentage) and throwing one touchdown and zero interceptions as the Chargers’ backup quarterback.
  • A season ago, Austin Ekeler amassed 557 rushing yards (34.8 yards per game) and scored three touchdowns in 16 games. He added 92 catches for 993 yards (62.1 receiving yards per game) with eight receiving touchdowns.
  • Justin Jackson rushed for 200 yards on 29 carries (28.6 yards per game), with no touchdowns on the ground over the course of seven games in 2019.
  • Last season, Keenan Allen was targeted 150 times and notched 104 catches for 1,199 yards (74.9 ypg) while scoring six touchdowns in 16 games.
  • Last season, Joey Bosa racked up 11.5 sacks, 17.0 TFL and 66 tackles in 16 games.
  • In 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign, linebacker Nick Vigil totaled 108 tackles, 3.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception while as a member of the Bengals.
  • Rayshawn Jenkins picked off three passes while adding 52 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and four passes defended over 16 games a season ago.

Bengals Players to Watch

  • Joe Mixon had 278 rushing attempts for 1,138 yards a season ago (71.1 yards per game) while scoring five touchdowns in 16 games. He also caught 35 passes for 287 yards (17.9 receiving yards per game) with three touchdowns through the air.
  • In 2019, Giovani Bernard rushed for 170 yards on 53 carries (10.6 ypg), with zero rushing touchdowns over the course of 16 games.
  • Tyler Boyd grabbed 90 passes for 1,045 yards last season while scoring five touchdowns. He was targeted 148 times and averaged 65.3 yards per game over 16 outings.
  • Auden Tate had 575 receiving yards (47.9 yards per game) on 40 catches (80 targets) with one touchdown over 12 matchups last year.
  • Last season, Carlos Dunlap put up 9.0 sacks, 13.0 TFL and 63 tackles in 14 games at defensive end.
  • In 16 games, safety Shawn Williams collected 110 tackles, 5.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception.
  • Corner Darius Phillips picked off four passes while adding four tackles and seven passes defended over eight games a season ago.
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