Cincinnati Bengals
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Las Vegas Raiders vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction & Preview



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The Cincinnati Bengals head out to Allegiant Stadium in Nevada for an AFC showdown against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon. The Bengals (5-4) are coming off their bye week after a 41-16 drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago. The Raiders (5-4) were thoroughly dismantled by the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14 in embarrassing fashion at home. Cincinnati opens this game as one-point road favorites.


Bengals Hopeful for Bounceback After Bye

Joe Burrow threw two interceptions and was sacked five times and rookie Ja'Marr Chase dropped two passes in a disastrous 41-16 loss against the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago. ''I didn't play very well,'' Burrow said to Associated Press reporters after the game. ''If I play better, we have a chance to win that game. I just didn't play well, and that's all there is to it.'' Burrow went 28 of 40 for 282 yards and the two picks, raising his season total to 22.




Kick returner Brandon Wilson was taken off the field with a left knee injury suffered on a run back in the second quarter. He remains out indefinitely. Linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither didn't play in the second half after hurting his left knee and remains questionable heading into this game with the Raiders. It was an ugly game for the Bengals, but they could not have played any worse. Expect them to be a rejuvenated bunch after their bye, and come out playing with some fire against a Raiders team that is going through issues of their own.


Raiders Ransacked at Home

Derek Carr threw two TD passes but also had his third interception in the past two weeks as the offense struggled to get going in a 41-14 loss at home. The Raiders have dropped back-to-back games after a promising start to the season as poor execution and off-field issues have done them in. Las Vegas has turned the ball over five times the past two weeks, matching the total from the first seven games, and the improved defense was unable to slow down Patrick Mahomes.


The Raiders brought in speedy receiver DeSean Jackson this week to fill the void left by Henry Ruggs' release. On his first target of the game in the third quarter, Jackson caught a 40-yard pass from Carr. But Rashad Fenton knocked the ball out and Tyrann Mathieu recovered. It was a turning point in the game. Instead of the Raiders having a chance to cut into a 10-point deficit, the Chiefs drove for a field goal to make it 27-14 and put the game out of reach. They have a good chance to respond against a Bengals team that was blown out by the Browns in their last game.

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