NFL picks, Week 12: Raiders vs. Bengals

Joe Robbins

The majority of experts believe the Cincinnati Bengals will have enough to avoid the Oakland Raiders' upset bid.

The Cincinnati Bengals had a four-game slide in the middle of this season, but they're rolling once again. The Bengals have blasted the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs in the past two weeks, with another struggling opponent in the Oakland Raiders up next.

Oakland has lost three in a row and must travel to Cincinnati on Sunday in order to end the Bengals' hot streak. The experts aren't giving the Raiders much of a chance.

All 12 of ESPN's NFL analysts predict that the Bengals will beat the Raiders, and it's the same over at Yahoo!, where Jason Cole, Mike Silver and Les Carpenter believe Cincinnati will come out victorious.

There's not much skepticism over at CBS headquarters, either. All eight NFL analysts pick Cincinnati to win, though the 7.5-point spread does leave a little more room for debate. Mike Freeman and Josh Katzowitz think the Raiders will keep Cincinnati from covering the spread.

Pete Prisco of CBS sums it up nicely in predicting a 27-17 victory for the Bengals. With their defense shaping up, Carson Palmer's return to Cincinnati won't be pretty.

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