First place in the AFC North is at stake when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Cincinnati Bengals. Baltimore, an underdog in the NFL odds, is out for revenge after getting blown out by Cincinnati in October. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is questionable (ankle) after missing his first career game last week.
Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals
- Game: Baltimore Ravens (8-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-6)
- Location: Paul Brown Stadium
- Day/Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
- Television: CBS
|Baltimore||+2½ (-105)||+115||44½ (-110o)|
|Cincinnati||-2½ (-115)||-135||44½ (-110u)|
Cincinnati crushed Baltimore 41-17 as a 6½-point underdog in Week 7. The Bengals scored the final 28 points after Lamar Jackson connected with Marquise Brown for a 39-yard touchdown pass 1 minute, 40 seconds into the third quarter. The 46 total was eclipsed with 9:24 remaining. The Ravens had won and covered as a double-digit favorite in the previous three meetings. Baltimore leads the series straight-up 27-24.
Next game: vs Los Angeles Rams
Lamar Jackson (ankle) missed a game for the first time in his career as Baltimore lost to Green Bay 31-30 as a 9½-point home underdog in the NFL picks against the spread. Ravens coach John Harbaugh opted to try a two-point conversion after backup quarterback Tyler Huntley’s eight-yard touchdown run with 42 seconds to play. But the gamble backfired for the second time in three weeks as a similar move failed with 12 ticks left in a 20-19 loss at Pittsburgh. The total of 45 against the Packers was equalled early in the fourth quarter and exceeded on Mason Crosby’s 29-yard field goal with 9:26 to go.
Jackson remains a question mark as Harbaugh said the club will continue to monitor its star quarterback’s ankle. Huntley, though, had a big game against Green Bay, so the Ravens could be more cautious with Jackson. Starting linebacker Justin Houston joined the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, but can still play if he is vaccinated and two virus tests come back negative.
Next game: vs Kansas City Chiefs
Cincinnati gutted out a 15-10 triumph in Denver as predicted here. The Bengals were a three-point underdog while the total could not be seen with a telescope when betting online. The contest consisted of field goals until the Broncos took a 10-9 lead with 1:15 remaining in the third quarter. Two plays later, Joe Burrow hit Tyler Boyd with a 56-yard touchdown pass.
Running back Joe Mixon and right guard Hakeem Adeniji sustained ankle injuries against Denver. Both are likely to be limited participants in practice this week, but should be able to play. Linebacker Joe Bachie was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL versus the Broncos while linebacker Logan Wilson (shoulder) is expected to miss his third straight game.
Betting on the Game
Ordinarily a point spread of 2½ wouldn’t be a factor, but Baltimore remarkably has lost three straight by a combined four points. The Ravens are also 6-1 in their last seven as a road underdog of three points or fewer while the Bengals are 1-5 in their last five at home ATS.
Both clubs are 7-7 ATS with the Ravens 4-1 in their last five. The Ravens are also 7-7 in over-unders after the total was exceeded in their last two while the Bengals are 6-8 with two straight lows. The total has risen one point in the Las Vegas odds after opening at 44½.
The weather isn’t forecast to be a factor, so the offenses should be able to click.
Baltimore has been in control of the division for most of the season and it should find a way to make it stay that way.