The red-hot Cincinnati Bengals (10-4) head to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., to take on the New England Patriots (7-7) Saturday at 1 pm ET (CBS). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Bengals vs. Patriots oddsand make our expert NFL picks and predictions.
Joe Burrow and the Bengals have won 6 straight games and are 1 game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North and 1 game behind the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Bengals, who beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-23 as 3.5-point favorites last week, host the Bills in Week 17.
The Patriots are coming off an excruciating 30-24 loss against the Las Vegas Raiders and this game is crucial to their playoff hopes.
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Bengals at Patriots odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:27 am ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Bengals -155 (bet $155 to win $100) | Patriots +135 (bet $100 to win $135)
- Against the spread (ATS): Bengals -3 (-112) | Patriots +3 (-108)
- Over/Under (O/U): 42 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Bengals and Patriots key injuries
- CB Cam Taylor-Britt (shoulder) questionable
- CB Jalen Davis (thumb) questionable
- DE Sam Hubbard (calf) out
- TE Hayden Hurst (calf) out
- RB Damian Harris (thigh) questionable
- CB Jack Jones (knee) questionable
- CB Jonathan Jones (chest) questionable
- WR Jacoby Meyers (shoulder) questionable
- CB Jalen Mills (groin) out
- WR DeVante Parker (concussion) out
- RB Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) questionable
- WR Tyquan Thornton (knee) questionable
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Bengals at Patriots picks and predictions
Bengals 23, Patriots 14
The spread in this game is only 3. The Bengals are the better team and should be able to cover that number. However, I would not want to wager -155 on the moneyline. It would make a nice addition to a multi-team parlay play though.
Against the spread
BET BENGALS -3 (-112).
Burrow is coming alive again in December. After falling behind by 17 points last Sunday, Burrow led the Bengals back with 31 points in the 2nd half.
WR Tee Higgins showed his abilities when WR Ja’Marr Chase missed time and now that Chase is back, the Bengals are dominating secondaries. The Bengals need this game to stay ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North and will not be looking ahead to the Bills — their next opponent — which is bad news for the Patriots. BENGALS -3 (-112) is mine FAVORITE PLAY.
BET UNDER 42 (-110).
Even with the explosive nature of the Bengals offense, this game should be a bit lower scoring.
Weather is forecast to be freezing and windy which will mean far more rushing than in a normal Bengals game. They will still score. But not enough to get this game over. The Patriots are banged up in the backfield and this will make it difficult for them to put up a lot of points.
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