Nov 20, 2021
The Cincinnati Bengals return from a bye week looking to get back on track with a road win over the Las Vegas Raiders. But those Raiders are losers of two in a row and have had to make a ton of changes on the fly this year, including at head coach, so it’s a winnable one for the Bengals.
The Bengals started Ryan Finley against the Raiders in their last matchup and the backup completed 13 of his 31 attempts on a day the offense mustered just 246 yards. Cincinnati’s defense, at least statistically, had a fine game but the 0-10 Bengals were just going through the motions. Carr’s in the middle of another strong season, completing 67.7 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns against eight interceptions. This, despite taking 20 sacks and needing to hold the team together during repeated drama, including losing a head coach. He’s also one of the NFL’s deadliest passers against the blitz so far. The Bengals have a chance to end a two-game skid that started with a Week 8 loss to a bad New York Jets team and then morphed into a 41-16 loss to Cleveland, giving off flashbacks to the miserable prior two seasons. If they can stop the skid before hosting Pittsburgh in Week 12, they’ve got a chance to stick in the playoff race. It’s also a chance to fix the team’s pathetic post-bye performance (2-7 since 2012), proving this is indeed a new locker room and culture. Bengals 17-14 Raiders.