NFL Preview: Bengals vs. Ravens Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals locked up the AFC North last week and still have a shot at the No. 2 seed in the conference. The Baltimore Ravens know that a win this weekend could get them back in the playoffs.
So there’s plenty to play for when these two division rivals meet in Cincinnati on Sunday.
The Bengals opened as 5.5-point favorites at Bovada, but the Ravens have won five of the last six meetings, including a 20-17 overtime win on Nov. 10, this season.
Baltimore was embarrassed last week in a deflating 41-7 home loss to the New England Patriots. The Bengals got four touchdowns from QB Andy Dalton in a 42-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Cincinnati has been tremendous at home this season, covering the spread in all seven of its home games.
The Bengals currently sport a record of 10-5, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 9-5-1 ATS. The Ravens are 8-7 and 7-8 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bengals post a 9-6 over under record this season, while the Ravens have gone 6-8-1 against the number.
The game pits the Bengals, currently No. 2 in our OddsShark NFL Power Rankings, against the Ravens, who rate No. 20 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 27-19 victory for the Bengals.
The Ravens were a 41-7 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Patriots. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (48) made winners of OVER bettors. Cincinnati comes off a game where it received a 4-TD performance from Andy Dalton in defeating the Vikings 42-14.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cincinnati's No. 7-ranked offense (26.4 PPG) against a Ravens defense that ranks No. 10 at 21.2 PPG. The Bengals passing attack has averaged 257.2 yards per game, more than the Ravens give up through the air (226.67 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Ravens own the league's No. 10-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 103.86 yards per game when on the road. Cincinnati, on the other hand, rates No. 18 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Ravens at Bengals trends to consider:
Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baltimore's last 6 games
Baltimore is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Baltimore is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games
Cincinnati is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
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