The Cincinnati Bengals went five seasons without a playoff appearance before winning the AFC North title this year. They’ve gone much longer without a postseason victory, as they’ve lost eight straight playoff contests since defeating the Houston Oilers in the Wild Card round following the 1990 season. The Bengals (10-7) will hope to end that drought when they host the Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) in a 2022 NFL Super Wild Card Weekend game on Saturday.
Kickoff from Paul Brown Stadium is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET. Cincinnati is a five-point favorite in the latest Bengals vs. Raiders odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 49. Before locking in any Raiders vs. Bengals picks or NFL predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine’s Bengals expert, R.J. White, has to say.
White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It’s no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
In addition, White has gone an impressive 38-27-2 on his last 67 picks involving Cincinnati, returning over $800. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, White has locked in on Bengals vs. Raiders from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread pick. You can visit SportsLine now to see White’s Raiders vs. Bengals picks. Here are several NFL odds and Wild Card betting lines for Raiders vs. Bengals:
- Bengals vs. Raiders spread: Cincinnati -5.5
- Bengals vs. Raiders over-under: 49 points
- Bengals vs. Raiders money line: Cincinnati -240, Las Vegas +200
- CIN: Bengals are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games following a straight-up loss
- LV: Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last five meetings with Cincinnati
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Why the Bengals can cover
Cincinnati should be well-rested since only two of its 22 regulars started in the regular-season finale at Cleveland last Sunday. One was rookie wideout Ja’Marr Chase, who played long enough to set the franchise record for receiving yards in a season before exiting the contest. The 21-year-old from LSU made two catches for 26 yards to increase his 2021 total to 1,455 and eclipse the previous mark of 1,440 set in 2007 by Chad Johnson.
Chase was fourth in the NFL in receiving yards and ranked third with 13 touchdown receptions, including three in the division-clinching victory over Kansas City in Week 17. He had an affinity for big plays, as five of his TD catches were plays of 50 or more yards, with three going for at least 70. All of the 13 scoring passes hauled in by Chase were thrown by former college teammate Joe Burrow, who finished the year with 34 and ranked sixth in the NFL with 4,611 passing yards.
Why the Raiders can cover
Las Vegas enters the playoffs having won five of its final seven regular-season games, with one victory coming against a postseason qualifier and the other four versus teams also in contention at the time. It has enjoyed plenty of success in tightly-contested games this year, as seven of its 10 triumphs were by one score, including four in overtime. The Raiders are in the midst of a four-game winning streak during which they have outscored their opponents by a total of 12 points.
The Raiders have overcome plenty of adversity in 2021 to reach the playoffs for only the second time since appearing in Super Bowl XXXVII following the 2002 season, and several players have set single-season franchise records in the process. One is Derek Carr, who ranked fifth in the NFL with a career-high 4,804 passing yards and eclipsed the previous team mark of 4,689 set in 2002 by Rich Gannon. Carr’s favorite target was Hunter Renfrow, who finished with personal bests of 103 receptions, 1,038 yards and nine touchdown catches.
How to make Bengals vs. Raiders picks
For this AFC Wild Card Game, White is leaning Over on the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is and which side of the Raiders vs. Bengals spread to back at SportsLine.
So who wins Raiders vs. Bengals in the 2022 NFL playoffs? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Raiders vs. Bengals spread you should jump on, all from the NFL expert who’s an impressive 38-27 on picks involving Cincinnati, and find out.