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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Bet Preview
The Cincinnati Bengals will stay at Paul Brown Stadium to host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. Both teams come into the game at 8-6 at the top of the AFC North. The Bengals hold a slight advantage in first place with a tie-breaker on head-to-head after their win in Baltimore 41-17 earlier in the season.
With every team in the AFC North within one game of each other, each of these last three games are vital for each of these four teams. One loss could be destructive to their playoff hopes. Let's look ahead at this upcoming AFC North matchup and the odds coming into the game.
The Bengals have odds of -115 at -3, being early favorites for this game. The Ravens, at +3, have odds of -105 to cover. The over/under for the game is a respectable 45 with odds of -110 to bet the over or under. The moneyline for the Bengals and Ravens is -160 and +140, respectively.
Cincinnati's contests have gone over 45 total points in 11 of their 14 games this season compared to the Ravens, who have gone over 45 points in only 7 of their 14 games. The combined average points per game for the two teams is 50.3. Both teams are 7-7 against the spread this year.
Why Cincinnati Will Win
The Bengals got a crucial victory last week on the road in Denver, which catapulted them into first place. I expect them to use this momentum to their advantage in this upcoming rivalry game.
They were able to dismantle the Ravens defense and stop the potent Baltimore offense on the road, which bodes well for them as they are playing at home in the jungle.
Offensively, the Bengals excel with their passing game, ranking third in completion percentage, third in yards per pass, and fifth in points per play. On the defensive end, they rank fourth in rush yards given up per game and eighth in sack percentage. If they are able to contain Tyler Huntley in the pocket and put some pressure on him, the Bengals' offense will take care of the rest.
Why Baltimore Will Win
Baltimore is on a three-game losing streak, including two divisional losses to the Steelers and the Browns. They lost these three games by a combined total of four points.
They are officially in win or go home mode and will be hungry for a win after so many close games resulting in losses.
The Baltimore offense has been successful at scoring touchdowns in the red zone by ranking sixth at 63.3%. They are a run-first offense, ranking third in rushes per game and rush yards per game.
The Baltimore defense has also done extremely well at stopping opponents' rushing game, ranking first in opponent rush yards per game and seventh in opponent rush touchdowns per game.
The Ravens defense will make this another close game in crunch time. The question is: will the Ravens be able to get over the hump and win a close game with potentially being without their starting quarterback Lamar Jackson for another week.
I give the edge to the Bengals since it is at home, and they are hungry to prove their doubters wrong.
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