- The Cincinnati Bengals are 4.5-point home favorites over the Las Vegas Raiders in their NFL Wild Card Weekend game slated for Saturday, January 15
- Cincinnati is 0-8 straight up in postseason play since last winning an NFL playoff game in 1991
- The Raiders have won both previous playoff meetings with the Bengals
When it comes to losing in the NFL playoffs, the Cincinnati Bengals are the kings of failure. They’ve gone the longest of any NFL team since tasting postseason success.
Cincinnati is 0-8 in playoff action since a 41-14 win over the Houston Oilers in an NFC Wild Card game on Jan. 5, 1991. The following week, interestingly enough, the skid began with a 20-10 loss to the Raiders.
The Bengals have lost two playoff games to the Raiders in two different cities. They were beaten 31-28 by the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Divisional Playoffs in 1975. It was the Los Angeles Raiders who beat Cincinnati in 1991.
Now it’s the Las Vegas Raiders who come to Cincinnati, the first time in three playoff meetings between the two franchises that will see the Bengals as the host team. It’s also the first time that Cinci will be the betting favorite.
Oddsmakers have the Bengals as the 4.5-point home chalk. The Bengals are 0-7-1 against the spread over their eight-game playoff losing streak.
Raiders vs Bengals Odds
|Las Vegas Raiders||+188||+4.5 (-106)||O 49 (-110)|
|Cincinnati Bengals||-225||-4.5 (-114)||U 49 (-110)|
Odds as of January 14th at FanDuel
Saturday’s game is set for a 4:30 pm ET kickoff at Paul Brown Stadium. The weather forecast is calling for cloudy skies, 10 mph wind and a temperature of 32 degrees. NBC is carrying the broadcast, with live streaming available from Fubo.tv.
Raiders vs Bengals Line Movement
The betting public is going over the moon for both the Bengals and the over in the NFL betting trends. When it comes to spread betting, 63% of handle and 60% of bets are backing Cincinnati. Nonetheless, the line that opened at Bengals -6 has shortened to -4.5.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 13, 2022
Likewise, moneyline wagering is also tilting toward Cincinnati. The Bengals are drawing 64% of handle and 68% of bets.
When it comes to the total, just 53% of handle is with the over. However, 75% of bets are playing the over. The total for the game is showing a slight increase, moving from 48.5 to 49 points.
Can Las Vegas Pass Rush Burrow Through to Joe?
The Bengals surrendered 55 sacks during the regular season. That was the most of any playoff team and third-worst in the NFL.
Las Vegas only got to the opposition quarterback for 35 sacks, which was 20th in the league. However, they were tied for third in QB knockdowns (68), 12th in QB pressures (166) and their QB pressure percentage of 24.6 was 14th in the NFL.
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) January 10, 2022
Over their four-game season-ending winning streak, the Raiders collected nine sacks. In their 32-13 loss to the Bengals on November 21, Las Vegas sacked Burrow three times while limiting him to 129 yards and 1 touchdown through the air.
Raiders vs Bengals Injury Report
Las Vegas was hopeful that middle linebacker Nicholas Morrow (ankle) would be activated from IR for this game, but that won’t be the case. Right defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (back) is listed as questionable. but it’s expected that he will be playing.
DT Johnathan Hankins (back, knee) is only #Raiders player with an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game vs Bengals. He is questionable.
DT Josh Tupou (knee) is doubtful and CB Jalen Davis (ankle) and WR Stanley Morgan (hamstring) are questionable
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) January 13, 2022
Bengals kick returner Stanley Morgan Jr (hamstring) is questionable.
Raiders vs Bengals Betting Trends
Both Burrow and Raiders QB Derek Carr will be making their NFL playoff debuts. The Raiders have won six games this season on the last play of the game. That’s the most by any team in a single year since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
— Taylor Bisciotti (@TaylorBisciotti) January 12, 2022
Las Vegas is 6-2 both SU and ATS in its last eight games as a road underdog.
Raiders vs Bengals Prediction
The respective stars of the run game appear to be trending in opposite directions. Raiders RB Josh Jacobs has gone over 100 yards in two of the past three games. He went off for a season-high 132 wins in last week’s playoff-clinching win over the Chargers.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 14, 2022
Meanwhile, Bengals RB Joe Mixon, who gashed Las Vegas for 123 yards and two TDs in Cinci’s regular-season victory, is coming out of COVID-19 protocol. Although he was third in the NFL with 1,205 yards on the ground, Mixon hasn’t posted a 100-yard game since Week 13.
Pick: Las Vegas Raiders +4.5 (-106)