Chargers-Bengals Predictions and Expert Picks for NFL Week 1 Game

Max Staley
Expert predictions for the NFL Week 1 Chargers-Bengals matchup.
Expert predictions for the NFL Week 1 Chargers-Bengals matchup. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Joe Burrow will make his long-awaited NFL debut in Week 1, when his Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Chargers at home.

Here's how the experts are predicting this game to play out.

Chargers vs Bengals Picks Week 1

CBS Sports picks are from their panel of experts, numberFire picks are from their NFL game projections, Sporting News picks are from Vinnie Iyer, and betting favorites are from FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 1 NFL odds.

CBS Sports: Chargers (3), Bengals (3)
numberFire: Chargers
Sporting News: Bengals
Betting Favorite: Chargers

Against the Spread:
CBS Sports: Bengals (5), Chargers (1)
Sporting News: Bengals

This one looks like a tossup, as five of the nine experts we highlighted above are taking Los Angeles to win straight up. However, Cincinnati should be able to keep it close, as six of the seven are also picking the Bengals to cover the spread.

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