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.