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Oakland at Cincinnati
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 16, 2018
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to end a losing streak that ruined their season, but their opponent may not be the pushover it has been for the majority of the campaign. Cincinnati attempts to halt its five-game slide when it hosts the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The Bengals had their bye after rebounding from back-to-back defeats by edging Tampa Bay in Week 8 but are winless since, with the latest loss being a 26-21 road setback against the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday. Oakland would have appeared to be the perfect remedy for Cincinnati's skid, but it has won two of its last four contests - including a 24-21 home upset of Pittsburgh last week. The Raiders, who are seeking consecutive victories for the first time this year, still are in disarray off the field. The team fired general manager Reggie McKenzie on Monday, was sued by the city of Oakland the following day in regard to its move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season and remains unsure of where it will call home next year.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Bengals -3. O/U: 46

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (3-10): Derek Carr's early-season interception problem is a thing of the past as he has gone eight games without being picked off. The 27-year-old, who has thrown for 3,434 yards and 18 touchdowns, leads the AFC and ranks fifth in the entire league with a 69.5 completion percentage. Carr is hoping protection is not an issue against the Bengals, considering Jon Feliciano (calf) was placed on injured reserve while fellow guards Gabe Jackson (elbow/ankle) and Kelechi Osemele (toe) have not practiced this week.

ABOUT THE BENGALS (5-8): One bright spot for the team this year is its proficiency in the red zone, as it has scored 27 touchdowns on 36 trips for a 75.0 success percentage - which ranks second in the NFL. Joe Mixon is coming off one of his best rushing performances of the season as he gained 111 yards on 26 carries against the Chargers. The 22-year-old, who also scored a TD, has recorded at least 115 yards from scrimmage five times thus far during his sophomore campaign.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Raiders TE Jared Cook has made a career-high six touchdown catches, including one in three of his last four games.

2. Cincinnati's Geno Atkins leads all NFL defensive tackles with 68 sacks since the start of the 2010 season.

3. Oakland signed G Cameron Hunt and OL Denver Kirkland due to injuries on its offensive line.

PREDICTION: Bengals 33, Raiders 27
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Oakland 3-10 W1 18.8 29.8 2-5 1-5 3-9 0-0 - - 2-7
Cincinnati 5-8 L5 23.6 30.5 3-4 2-4 1-3 0-0 - - 3-6
Last Meeting
Oakland Cincinnati
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/13/15 CIN 33 OAK 13 246 63 183 396 127 269
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oakland M. McGloin 74.2 142 2 1
Cincinnati A. Dalton 73.5 269 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oakland L. Murray 11 44 4.0 0
Cincinnati G. Bernard 8 63 7.9 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oakland A. Cooper 5 47 9.4 0
Cincinnati T. Eifert 9 104 11.6 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Oakland M. Reece 2
Cincinnati T. Eifert 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oakland D. Carr 69.4 3434 18 8
Cincinnati A. Dalton 61.9 2566 21 11
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oakland D. Martin 121 477 3.9 3
Cincinnati J. Mixon 180 866 4.8 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oakland J. Cook 61 825 13.5 6
Cincinnati T. Boyd 72 990 13.8 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Oakland J. Cook 6
Cincinnati J. Mixon 7