Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Predictions

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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Predictions

The Cincinnati Bengals finally broke through for their first victory of the season last week as Joe Burrow led the way with his third straight 300-yard game. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens bounced back from a tough loss with an easy win over Washington in which the Ravens were in total control. As well as the Bengals have been playing this season, it’s hard to see them matching up with the Ravens this week on the road.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds

The development of Joe Burrow is what makes Cincinnati’s season so exciting to watch this season. Burrow has continued to blossom as a quarterback in his first season and a third consecutive 300-yard performance certainly proves he has the talent to be successful in this league. He’s really taken care of the ball, having thrown just two interceptions this season, and Joe Mixon has added an important balance at running back. However, the Bengals have also looked solid defensively, especially when defending the pass this season. Cincinnati is an average defense overall, which is far better than it was last season, but the Bengals are near the bottom of the league at defending the run.

Baltimore is the exact definition of points being more important than yards on both sides of the ball. The Ravens rank in the top 10 in both scoring defense and offense, but they are in the bottom half of the league in total defense and offense. Lamar Jackson is averaging less than 200 passing yards per game, but he is still the Ravens’ leading rusher with 235 yards through four weeks. The points are being scored, but Baltimore has gone over 400 yards of offense in a game just once. Defensively, the Ravens have dominated the teams they were supposed to control, holding three of their four opponents under 350 total yards. Baltimore has been an opportunistic bunch per usual, which is something Burrow will need to watch for.

The NFL betting sites in New Jersey have not made it easy for us to bet on this game with some very tight points bets. Obviously, that means the sportsbooks are doing their job at placing those numbers on their lines, but the over/under of 51.5 total points is a test. Baltimore will probably score roughly the 31.5 on its individual team line, but the question is about Cincinnati hitting 19.5 points in this game. Kansas City is the only team that has scored more than 17 points on Baltimore, so I don’t expect a rookie quarterback to do much better against this veteran defense. I’ll bet the under 19.5 points for the Bengals at -110 odds and also wager the under 51.5 total points at -115 odds for this game.

Ravens to win

I’m not a big fan of the 12.5-point spread in this game because the Bengals have played decently well this season, albeit this is their stiffest test yet. The Ravens are a talented team, and they have the weapons to make games difficult for opposing defenses, but they only beat Washington by 14 points last week and this Bengals team is much better than Washington. I don’t doubt that Baltimore is going to win this game, but the odds on a smaller spread from the New Jersey online sports betting sites do not provide enough value. So instead of taking the Ravens to lay fewer points, I’m betting on the Bengals to get fewer points, so I’ll take Cincinnati plus 7.5 points for +140 odds.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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