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Bengals vs Ravens: Week 1 Pick

The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals will battle for early NFC North supremacy at M&T Bank Stadium in the first game of Monday Night’s doubleheader.

After falling short of the Super Bowl with a loss to New England last year, Ray Lewis and the Ravens will try to kick 2011 off on the right foot with a win as a 6-point favorite at Sportsbook.ag.

The last six games between these two teams have been split 3-3, but Cincinnati has the upper hand with an ATS record of 7-3-1 ATS in 11 games vs Baltimore. The Ravens have been good in Week 1, going 5-1 ATS lately.

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View Cincinnati vs Baltimore Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Ravens in this one, they're listed as 7-point favorites at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 41 for Monday's game at Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Ravens - Bengals odds would favor the Ravens if the lines were set according to power ranks. Baltimore is rated No. 3 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Bengals sit at No. 12. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 27-22 win for the Ravens.

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Cincinnati Bengals Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the division are 3-7

Baltimore Ravens Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the division are 8-2

 

A few Bengals at Ravens trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cincinnati's last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing Baltimore
Cincinnati is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Baltimore
Baltimore is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games at home
Baltimore is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Cincinnati home to Cleveland, Sunday, September 16
Baltimore at Philadelphia, Sunday, September 16