NFL picks and predictions Week 13: Bengals vs. Chargers

Andy Lyons

The Cincinnati Bengals have won three straight, while the San Diego Chargers have lost three. But some experts are still siding with San Diego in this AFC matchup.

The Cincinnati Bengals are the slight favorites to win Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, although a decent enough proportion of pickers are siding with Philip Rivers and the home team.

The two teams have headed in somewhat different directions of late: the Chargers have had a pretty rough go of it lately, dropping from 4-4 to 4-7, while Cincinnati is on a three-game win streak with increasingly large victories over the New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, and Oakland Raiders. The Chargers' opponents have been tougher - they've lost to the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens their past two times out - but the results haven't been encouraging. Joel Thorman of SB Nation sides with the hot hand in his Week 13 NFL picks:

Losing a safety with A.J. Green coming into town isn't a good combination. The Bengals, winners of three in a row, beat the Chiefs and Raiders in their last two games. If it weren't for the Broncos loss, this would be an AFC West sweep.

The pick: 27-24, Bengals

Yahoo! also sided with Cincinnati, with all three pickers and the pick'em pool choosing the Bengals. ESPN went 8-4 in favor of Cincinnati, with the pool agreeing but the site's prediction machine choosing San Diego, and CBS went 6-2 in the same way with the prediction algorithm agreeing.

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