Raiders vs Bengals NFL Week 15 Lines & Betting Analysis

Raiders vs Bengals NFL Week 15 Lines & Betting Analysis

Written by on December 12, 2018

After picking up a stunning win last weekend, Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders will be looking for more of the same when they visit Jeff Driskell and the Cincinnati Bengals team that will be in all-out desperation mode in order to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

If you’re looking for some expert NFL picks and you want to know which team is going to cover the spread in this matchup, then let’s get to my expert Week 15 pick right now.

Raiders vs Bengals NFL Week 15 Lines & Betting Analysis

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 6°C/43°F
  • Humidity: 71%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Wind: 6 mph W
  • Cloud Cover: 21%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Bet On Oakland at +3?

Why should you bet on Oakland as a 3-point road dog in this contest? The best reason is because the raiders showed a week ago that they clearly are still trying to win games.

The Raiders stunned Pittsburgh 24-21 last weekend to cover the chalk as a 10.5-point home underdog as Derek Carr passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns including a six-yard TD pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds remaining. Despite having a good opportunity at getting the top pick in next year’s NFL Draft, Oakland went all-out to beat a Steelers team that had dropped two straight and was desperate to give their playoff hopes a boost last weekend.

“Like coach (Jon) Gruden said, he wouldn’t tank a game of cards to his own mom, and I believe that,” tight end Lee Smith said. “We all believe that.

Oakland averages just 18.8 points per game (29th) while allowing a whopping 29.8 points per game defensively (31st).

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 18.77
  • Total Yards: 347.46
  • Pass Yards: 246
  • Rush Yards: 101.46
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 29.85
  • Total Yards: 392.33
  • Pass Yards: 247.69
  • Rush Yards: 144.54

Why Bet On Cincinnati at -3?

Are the Bengals a safe betting pick for NFL Week 15?

Why should you bet on Oakland as a 3-point home favorite in this matchup? There are a couple of reasons even though the Bengals are reeling right now. First, the Bengals are playing at home where a win would put them at .500 for the season. Next,

Cincinnati put up a great effort against the Chargers last weekend that was very encouraging despite the fact that they lost their fifth straight game by falling to Los Angeles 26-21.

Another good reasons is that quarterback Jeff Driskell looks like he’s getting more comfortable under center now after a couple of appearances.

Driskell passed for 170 yards with one touchdown against the Chargers last weekend while running back Joe Mixon rushed for 111 yards with another touchdown.

“The decisions I made today didn’t work out. We didn’t get to make the break. This or that decision put us in situations, whether it’s fourth down and we’ve got to make the stop, the 2-point (conversion) and so forth, those things today, we didn’t get to make the breaks,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.

The Bengals average 23.6 points per game () while allowing a whopping 30.5 points per game defensively to rank dead last in points allowed (32nd).

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 23.62
  • Total Yards: 328.54
  • Pass Yards: 229.77
  • Rush Yards: 98.77
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 30.54
  • Total Yards: 421.92
  • Pass Yards: 274
  • Rush Yards: 147.92

Raiders vs Bengals NFL Week 15 Betting Trends

 
  • Oakland is 7-13-2 ATS in the last 22 games
  • Oakland is 3-14 SU in the last 17 games
  • The total went UNDER in 14 of Oakland’s last 20 games
  • Cincinnati is 2-6 ATS in thelast 8 games
  • Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Raiders vs Bengals

I know Cincinnati is playing at home and I know they’re favored, but I love the effort that Oakland put up last weekend and I believe

that effort is going to carry over into this contest against Cincinnati. The Bengals are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games and 0-5 ATS in their last five home games while Oakland has gone 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games in December and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a losing home record. Cincinnati’s playoff hopes will take a huge blow with a loss in this one.

NFL Week 15 Pick: Oakland 24 Cincinnati 23
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