The Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals are divisional rivals and every game is important, but this one, especially for the Ravens is very crucial to their defense of the crown as Super Bowl champions. The Ravens had a winning streak halted by the New England Patriots giving the AFC North crown to the Bengals but are still in the mix to get the wildcard if they can beat the Bengals.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals Preview
The NFL odds for this game opened up with the Bengals listed as (-4) point favorites at home in this AFC North game. After demolishing the Minnesota Vikings, the betting public believes they can beat the Ravens as over 58 percent is on the home team. This has caused a big line move as the point spread has jumped to (-5.5) at some of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The Bengals are winning football games with some new young talent that is making some impact right away. Bengals running back Giovani Bernard did it again. He wowed all those watching with yet another dazzling, tackle-breaking, defender-avoiding run. On one third-quarter run after the catch, he completely confounded the Vikings as he cut, spun, shook, stiff-armed and danced his way to a 41-yard gain off a short screen that began near midfield. On the next play, Mohamed Sanu’s touchdown catch gave Cincinnati a 28-point second-half lead. In all, five Vikings missed tackles on Bernard’s run that included a spin move, two jump-cuts and a stiff-arm. The Ravens will have to target him if they hope to slow down this fast paced Bengals offense.
The Ravens offense on the other hand has been awful at times. If they can’t move the ball the Ravens will lose and miss the playoffs.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that this could be a very good game between two talented teams. Baltimore is 2-6 straight up and 2-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati. The total has gone under in 6 of Baltimore’s last 9 games when playing Cincinnati and the total has gone over in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games at home. Cincinnati is 5-0 straight up in its last 5 games at home and Baltimore is 4-1 straight up in its last 5 games.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check the forum during the week and on the day of the game to get the latest and most up to date information on the game.
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