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Free Pick: Las Vegas 10-7 at Cincinnati 10-7 1/15/22
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Free Pick: Las Vegas 10-7 at Cincinnati 10-7 1/15/22

This matchup features the Las Vegas Raiders, on a roll with a three-game winning streak, coming into Cincinnati to take on a Bengals’ team that is really good when they are healthy. They rested a lot of their players in the season-ending loss at Cleveland and the big question will be how healthy is Joe Burrow? Can the Raiders maintain the momentum they are playing with and carry it over on the road in Cincinnati? Let’s look at what Vegas thinks.


Las Vegas: 20.5 Total Team Points The Raiders are coming off of a great offensive performance against the Chargers. Quarterback Derek Carr has thrown for 4,804 yards and 23 touchdowns and has been sensational. Running back, Josh Jacobs has become a running threat down the stretch, and that has given the offense some balance to ease the pressure on Carr. Wide receiver, Hunter Renfrow has caught 103 passes for 1,038 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Cincinnati defense is giving up 22 points and 350 total yards per game and they are capable of a big game. I’m taking Vegas OVER 20.5 Total Team Points

Cincinnati 27.5 Total Team Points The Bengals are led by 2nd year quarterback, Joe Burrow who has 4,611 yards and 35 touchdowns. He has emerged as a superstar and he is a key for Cincinnati. He is banged up with a sore ankle so hopefully he will be healthy enough to play. Running back, Joe Mixon has become a running threat, rushing for 1,206 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ja’Marr Chase is the deep threat and he has caught 80 balls for 1,455 yards and 13 scores. The Vegas defense has been playing better of late and they will bring the heat. I like Cincinnati slightly UNDER 27.5 points.

OVER/UNDER 49.5 Total Combined Team Points Tough line to bet on. It is right where it should be. No bet for me.

POINT SPREAD: Cincinnati is a 5.5-point favorite The Raiders are coming into this game with nothing to lose and they have a ton of momentum. They are going up against a Cincinnati team that is a pretty solid favorite. Can the Bengals handle the pressure of being the hunted?

DUDES WHO BET SPORTS: Raiders OVER 20.5 team points

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