Date/Time: October 26th, 1:00 p.m. ET
Spread: Cincinnati Bengals -2
The Cincinnati Bengals are struggling without their leading wide receiver. Without AJ Green this team has not been able to put up points and it won’t be any easier if he is unable to play this week against the division rival Baltimore Ravens.
The Bengals are off an embarrassing loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The offense was shut out as they were unable to break into the end zone against the up and coming Colts. It was painfully obvious that the Bengals missed Green. The Bengals gained 135 yards on 54 plays against the Colts, and were shut out for the first time since Week 17 of the 2009 season. The main cause for concern was with the quarterback as Andy Dalton completed 18-of-38 which is good for 47.4 percent which is the 4th-worst completion percentage of his career and his worst since Week 10 of last season. The Bengals finished the game 1 for 13 on the day and will need vast improvement. This could be contributed to the play of the Colts defense as well as Green being absent from the lineup.
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Even with Green in the lineup, the Bengals could have a tough team against a Ravens team that is playing great football at the moment.
Baltimore is led by an aggressive offense that is not slowing down anytime soon. After outgaining the Falcons 175-61 in the first half they kept pressing and eventually blew the doors off a defenseless team. The Bengals have a better defense than the Falcons but blitzing Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been a big mistake this season. Flacco completed 6-of-8 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown against five or more pass rushers versus the dirty birds and he is very adept at getting rid of the ball when the situation gets tough.
The Ravens do have revenge in this game which will automatically kick in a powerful trend found at the BTB Betting center.
Play Against – Any team (BALTIMORE) – revenging a loss against opponent, after 2 consecutive covers as a favorite. (25-6 over the last 5 seasons.) (80.6%, +18.4 units. Rating = 2*)
The Ravens lost the season opener 23-16 to the Bengals but they still have managed to get a two game lead in the AFC North. The Bengals cannot allow the Ravens to pick up another game in the divisional race. The Bengals are 3-0-1 straight up at home this season and will give it their all this weekend against the defensive minded Ravens.
For more on this AFC North matchup, head over to the BTB Betting Center.
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