The Cincinnati Bengals host the Las Vegas Raiders to kick off Saturday’s NFL Playoffs doubleheader. Joe Burrow and Co. handled the Raiders in Week 11, winning 32-13 in Sin City.
FanDuel Sportsbook is listing the Bengals as 4.5-point favorites. DraftKings Sportsbook has the Bengals laying an extra half-point at -5. Both books have both pegged this matchup with a 48.5 total. You should always shop around the betting market for the best odds for your wagers.
Those steeped in the NFL game will tell you January football is different from anything in the regular season. That said, it’s worth noting recent trends.
The Bengals have scored 30-plus points four times since their Week 10 bye. Meanwhile, the Raiders have allowed 30-plus points five times since their Week 8 break. Each team’s recent form should be considered as we look over this contest’s player props and anytime touchdown scorers.
Raiders vs. Bengals Anytime Touchdown Scorers And Props
Hunter Renfrow +180 | Darren Waller +200 (DraftKings)
The Bengals are not exactly an airtight pass defense. They’ve allowed plenty of receptions and yards, and have served up 63 percent of their touchdowns through the air. It would be handicapping malpractice to ignore Renfrow at plus-money. The shifty slot receiver leads the team in targets (128), receptions (103), and touchdowns (nine). Renfrow and Derek Carr have demonstrated a strong rapport. When the Raiders venture into the red zone, Renfrow is going to get open and Carr is going to look in his direction.
Waller is priced at a similarly appealing number. His 2021 stats don’t reflect the dominant force he can be in the passing game. An injury forced him out of six contests, but he’s still the guy who delivered back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons from 2019-20. Waller was rusty in his Week 18 return (two catches), but his nine targets were encouraging. There’s nothing wrong with betting on him to earn a spike with such a friendly price.
Ja’Marr Chase +100 (DK) | Tee Higgins +135 (FanDuel) | Tyler Boyd +175 (FD/DK)
Chase is the peak of the Bengals’ wide receiver triumvirate. He leads the team in virtually all receiving categories, including touchdowns (13). Bettors shouldn’t sleep on Higgins and Boyd, though. They’ve combined for 11 touchdowns and played well in supporting roles.
Joe Mixon -165 (DK, FD) | Josh Jacobs -105 (DK)
Mixon has been prolific in the touchdown department, collecting 16 in total — including three through the air. His price is understandable given the production, but some bettors may prefer to take a potentially more lucrative approach to their wagers this weekend.
Jacobs at -105 is more attractive from a value perspective. He’s tied for the team-lead with nine scores and has been solid around the goal line over his three-year career, averaging 0.65 touchdowns per contest. He’s also demonstrated growth as a receiver, finishing with career highs in targets (64) and receptions (54). Even though he’s yet to find the paint through the air as a pro, it’s an extra path through which he can do so on Saturday.
Raiders vs. Bengals Receiving Yard Props
Ja’Marr Chase Over/Under 68.5 (DK, -115) | Tee Higgins Over/Under receiving yards 70.5 (FD, -110)
Chase isn’t the first rookie to experience ups and downs in his first taste of NFL action. As great as his final numbers were, he endured a seven-game stretch in which he hit 69 yards only once. That includes a tepid 3-32 line against the Raiders in Week 11 (he did add a touchdown, just for the record). It’s not going to take a lot for Chase to venture OVER on Saturday, though. After all, the 21-year-old rookie posted multiple 200-plus-yard games this season.
Higgins is an appealing bet to consider on the surface. He’s overshadowed by Chase, but he’s been a strong performer in his own right. However, bettors should monitor his status ahead of Saturday’s showdown as he’s been limited in practice with a foot injury. Higgins finished the season on a torrid streak, eclipsing 100 receiving yards in four of his final six games. As long as he’s active — and mostly healthy — he could be busy if the Raiders dedicate extra coverage to slowing Chase.