Raiders vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Week 15 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 11, 2018

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Will Cincinnati get the job done at home to improve to 6-8? Or will Oakland double down against AFC North opponents and make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season?

Oakland
4-12
AT
December 16, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati
6-10
Pointspread +3 -110
Moneyline +145
Over / Under o +46

52%

Betting Action

48%

Pointspread -3 -110
Moneyline -170
Over / Under u +46

52%

Betting Action

48%

The Oakland Raiders shocked the world in Week 14 with a 24-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers that marked just their third victory of the season. At 3-10, Oakland is still fighting to establish a level of optimism looking forward to the future. The Raiders will try to carry over the momentum from that upset win over Pittsburgh when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday. Like Oakland, Cincinnati is outside of the playoff picture heading in to the final three weeks of the regular season.

Like the Raiders, the Bengals are looking to salvage what’s left of their slate in order to lay the foundation for next year’s team. Here is a closer look at the matchup.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Raiders haven’t been terrible against the spread this season with a 5-8 record that is two wins better than their straight up record this season. However, Oakland has struggled on the road in games played in the Eastern time zone since the start of last year, which is something they will have to deal with in Ohio this weekend. The Raiders are just 1-5 straight up and 1-4-1 in their last six games played in the Eastern time zone. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues on Sunday.

The Bengals are just 6-7 against the spread this season. Following a decent start to the year, Cincinnati is just 2-6 against the spread in its last eight games. However, the Bengals have had Oakland’s number in their recent home games against them. Cincinnati is 5-0 ATS in its last five home games against the Raiders.

Oakland Raiders

Can Oakland build off last week’s surprising upset win? Or is this team destined for a letdown coming off that high and travelling to the east coast this weekend? The Raiders are still just 3-10 on the year, so it’s not like one win will dramatically change the perception of this team. The good news is that quarterback Derek Carr has shown some progress under head coach John Gruden this season. It will be important for them to continue to improve their chemistry the rest of the way.

Oakland’s defence bent but didn’t break in last week’s win over Pittsburgh. The Raiders have been lit up at times this season so it will be interesting to see if they can double down with another strong defensive performance this weekend.

Cincinnati Bengals

Something has to give in Cincinnati where the same regime hasn’t been able to break through with this franchise over the past decade. The good news is that the Bengals have been pretty good at home this year with a 3-4 record despite some substantial injuries that have taken their toll on this team. Cincinnati was able to hang with the Los Angeles Chargers in last week’s 26-21 loss on the road. If they can play the same way defensively this week, then they should be able to slow down Carr and the Oakland offence.

Jeff Driskel showed some decent signs despite throwing for just 170 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss to the Chargers. Running back Joe Mixon led the way for the Bengals with 111 rushing yards and a score against LA, so expect him to get a ton of touches again this week. A big game from Mixon and the defence combined with mistake-free football from Driskel should be enough to propel Cincinnati to a close win this Sunday.

Raiders vs. Bengals Prediction

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