Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals

Let’s have a look at what to note for betting in this NFL Week 1 matchup for Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals. After lighting the college football world on fire, Joe Burrow will be starting for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 of the NFL 2020 season on September 13. He’ll benefit from playing his first professional game on his home turf, though it will be against one of the stingiest passing defenses.

How will the Los Angeles Chargers respond after losing their star quarterback and running back over the offseason? The sportsbook has them as favorites, but let’s take a look.

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Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals Game Information

Who: Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals

When: Sunday, September 13 – 4:05pm ET

Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

TV Network: CBS

Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals History

The Chargers and Bengals have met a total of 36 times. Of those 36 matches, the Chargers have won the majority, leading the series 21-15. The Bengals will be looking to put a dent in that lead in September.  

Last Season Recap

The Chargers and Bengals didn’t get an opportunity to face one another in 2019. However, they did get matched up in 2018 when the Chargers hosted Cincinnati in their Week 14 contest. Los Angeles took their home field advantage and ran with it, edging out a 26-21 win over Cincy. 

Philip Rivers had a decent outing, putting up 220 passing yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. The running game delivered 85 yards, the majority of which came from Austin Ekeler. Ekeler finished the day with 66 rushing yards, a touchdown and 4.4 yards per attempt average. Melvin Gordon was on the sidelines nursing an MCL injury.

In 2018, Cincinnati lost Andy Dalton to a nasty thumb injury early in the season. Jeff Driskel took over and was able to put up 170 passing yards, 1 touchdown and zero interceptions in the match against the Chargers. The running game clearly outperformed Driskel since it got 144 yards for the Bengals’ offense. Running back Joe Mixon lead the pack with an eye-raising 111 rushing yards and a lone touchdown. 

The Bengals offense had an opportunity to win the game late in the fourth. They got the ball with 0:39 still left on the clock but were unable to find the end zone in three plays. 

Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals News & Betting Picks

Below we’ll be taking an in-depth NFL betting look at the Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 1 contest. Get a briefing on the latest injuries, breaking news as well as statistical averages from last year’s action.

What happened with the Chargers in 2019? Was Melvin Gordon’s absence so significant that it caused this team to go from an NFL-best 12-4 in 2018 to an AFC West-worst 5-11 in 2019? Was it the lack of having a true home-field advantage? What’s even worse if you’re a Chargers fan is they didn’t get any better over the offseason.

L.A. lost long-time quarterback Philip Rivers to free agency. Melvin Gordon got his wish and left town as well. That leaves the Chargers with a QB-RB combination of Tyrod Taylor, or rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, and Austin Ekeler.

The real answer to the question of why the Chargers fell so far so fast is turnovers. The Chargers had the worst turnover differential in the NFL. They finished with a -17 differential after ranking 29th in turnovers (31) and 32nd in takeaways (14).

L.A. addressed some of their defensive holes in the draft. After selecting Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick, the Chargers scooped up LB Kenneth Murray from Oklahoma with their second pick in the first round.

The Bengals were one of the worst defensive teams last year. They ranked in the bottom 10 in points allowed, total yards, passing yards, and rushing yards. No team gave up more ground yards per game than Cincinnati (148.9). They also gave up over one rushing touchdown per game.

Cincinnati wasn’t exactly effective on offense either. They ranked 30th in points scored and didn’t move the ball particularly well. They also didn’t protect the ball well. The Bengals turned the ball over 30 times in 2019 (27th).

Joe Burrow will hope to change that as he takes over at quarterback in Cincinnati. He’ll do so with a squad. Burrow will have a slew of targets to choose from on the field. A.J Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and John Ross III and tight end C.J. Uzomah make up the receiving corps. He’ll also have RB Joe Mixon in the backfield. 

My biggest concern is the offensive line, although not necessarily in this particular game. Cincinnati gave up 48 sacks in 2019. While the Chargers allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards in 2019, it was not thanks to the pass rush. In fact, L.A. ranked 28th in the league with just 30 sacks last year.

The Bengals were one of the worst defensive teams in the league last year. They ranked in the bottom 10 in points allowed, total yards, passing yards, and rushing yards. No team gave up more yards per game than Cincinnati (148.9). The Bengals gave up over one rushing touchdown per game.

Cincinnati isn’t exactly effective on offense either. They ranked 30th in points scored and didn’t move the ball particularly well. They also didn’t protect the ball well. The Bengals turned the ball over 30 times in 2019 (27th).

#1 NFL Draft pick Joe Burrow will hope to change that as he takes over at quarterback in Cincinnati. He’ll do so with a squad. Burrow will have a slew of targets to choose from on the field. A.J Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and John Ross III and tight end C.J. Uzomah make up the receiving corps. He’ll also have RB Joe Mixon in the backfield.

My biggest concern is the offensive line, although not necessarily in this particular game. Cincinnati gave up 48 sacks in 2019. While the Chargers allowed the fifth fewest passing yards in 2019, they didn’t do it by rushing the quarterback. L.A. ranked 28th in the league with just 30 sacks last year.

Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals Expert Picks

See all of our expert picks for each Week 1 game here.

Los Angeles Chargers: -3 -115, -170 moneyline, 42 o/u

Cincinnati Bengals: +3 -105, +150 moneyline, 42 o/u

Straight Up Pick (Gilad Chudler)

The Los Angeles Chargers have nowhere to go but up after an abysmal 2019 season. Last year they only won once in their last seven games. They struggled on offense, turning the ball over 31 times – the third worse in the NFL. They finished 21st in scoring and never had a chance in the AFC West.

It’s hard to see where the improvement will come from though since they lost their star quarterback Philip Rivers to the Indianapolis Colts. They’ll be looking to Pro Bowler Keenan Allen to get the ball into endzone.

The Cincinnati Bengals didn’t exactly have a great season either. They finished 2019 with only two regular season wins. It was also the last year with QB Andy Dalton and they’ll be looking to No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 draft Joe Burrow to turn things around.

With so many changes on offense and not necessarily for the better this could end up being a pretty low scoring affair. With the over/under set at 42 it might be wiser to stick with a point spread bet on the Los Angeles Chargers.

Over/Under Pick (Zack Robinson)

Tyrod Taylor beat rookie Justin Herbert for the Los Angeles Chargers starting QB job but that could change during the season. For now, Taylor wants to take advantage of a huge opportunity, possibly the last one for him as starter on the NFL.

The Cincinnati Bengals are all-in with rookie QB Joe Burrow, but that’s not all, WR AJ Green is expected to come back at full speed after missing the entire 2019 season. Go with the under as both teams are experiencing huge changes on both sides of the field.

 Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals Rundown

Stats

 

 Los Angeles 2019 Offensive Rankings (per game)

Cincinnati 2019 Offensive Rankings (per game)

• Points Scored: 17.4 (30th)

•Total Yards: 323.1 (26th)

•Passing Yards: 228.3 (19th)

•Rushing Yards: 94.8 (26th)

• Points Scored: 17.4 (30th

•Total Yards: 323.1 (26th)

•Passing Yards : 228.3 (18th)

•Rushing Yards: 94.8 (25th)

Los Angeles 2019 Defensive Rankings (per game)

Cincinnati 2019 Defensive Rankings (per game)

• Points Allowed: 21.6 (13th)

•Total Yards Allowed: 313.1 (6th)

•Passing Yards Allowed: 200.3 (5th)

•Rushing Yards Allowed: 112.8 (18th)

• Points Allowed: 26.3 (25th)

•Total Yards Allowed: 393.7 (29th)

•Passing Yards Allowed: 244.9 (21st)

•Rushing Yards Allowed: 148.9 (32nd)

Trends

L.A. is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games at Cincinnati

Cincinnati is 6-1 ATS vs. L.A. since 2009

The last six games in this match-up hit under

L.A. is 1-6 SU and ATS in their last 6 games

•The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Chargers’ last 5 games.

LA Chargers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against Cincinnati.

•LA Chargers are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati.

•LA Chargers are 5-11 SU in their last 16 games played in September.

•Cincinnati is 2-16 SU in their last 18 games.

•Cincinnati is 3-9 SU in their last 12 games at home.

•Cincinnati is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 1.

•Cincinnati is 2-12 SU in their last 14 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference conference.

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Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals FAQ

Toggle titleWho is favored to win the Los Angeles vs Cincinnati NFL Game?

The Chargers enter their Week 1 AFC match against the Bengals as -3 point favorites. 

How many times have the Chargers beat the Bengals?

The Chargers and Bengals have faced each other 36 times. Of those 36 contests, the Chargers have won the majority, leading the series 21-15.

What stadium do the Los Angeles Chargers play in?

The Chargers have a new stadium called SoFi Stadium that they share with the Los Angeles Rams. The 2020 season is its first.

What channel is the Los Angeles vs Cincinnati Game on?

CBS will broadcast the Los Angeles Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 1 match on Sunday, September 13th.

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