A week after a convincing win over the Steelers, the Cincinnati Bengals lost last week to the Chargers. They put themselves in a deep hole in that one, nearly digging themselves out, but ultimately it wasn’t enough. The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a disappointing loss of their own, to a Seahawks team that looked dead in the water prior to last week. Now, with both teams clinging to slim playoff hopes, the Bengals will host the 49ers on Sunday.
Here, we’ll take a look at our picks for best bets for the 49ers-Bengals matchup in Week 14 of the NFL season. Odds come via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Spread: 49ers -2
Point total: 49
Moneyline: 49ers -125, Bengals +105
Our picks for 49ers vs. Bengals
Pick against the spread: Bengals +2.5
Both of these teams looked flat last week, but ups-and-downs have been a particular issue for the Bengals. They’ve failed to cover in four of their last five home games, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 13 against NFC teams. But this is scheduled to be an “up” week for the Bengals. They should bounce back against a banged-up Niners team.
Over/under: Over 49
Cincinnati’s been pretty good when it comes to hitting the over; it’s happened in five of their last six games and in four out of six home games. The biggest question mark for the point total is just how healthy San Francisco’s offensive skill players will be.
Preferred player prop: Kyle Juszczyk O13.5 receiving yards (-115)
Last week against the Seahawks, the Niners were without Deebo Samuel. As a result, and with a depleted backfield, Juszczyk was targeted a few times in the passing game. He hauled in 2 catches for 21 yards. We know Juice is going to see snaps blocking and pass protecting. The 49ers like to give him a few targets in the passing game. If that’s the case again, Juice has a decent shot of going over this total. The game script also lines up favorable if it ends up being a shootout; the over/under is 49 as of Saturday night.
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