The Ravens were able to navigate injuries en route to the postseason and now face a division rival in the Cincinnati Bengals on Wild Card weekend.
Of course, these two met in Week 18 this past Sunday under some (hopefully) different conditions for the Ravens, with the team starting third-string quarterback Anthony Brown. The Bengals won handily, 27-16. However, Baltimore is hoping Lamar Jackson will return on Sunday night from a knee injury suffered in Week 13.
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Now, let’s get to the odds and my best bet.
Ravens vs. Bengals odds, spread and total
Ravens vs. Bengals betting trends
- The Bengals went 12-3 against the spread (ATS) in the regular season
- The Ravens went 6-9-2 ATS in the regular season
- The Ravens went UNDER in five of 12 games this season
Ravens vs. Bengals Prediction and Pick
Of course, we need to know more about the status of Jackson. The Ravens beat the Bengals earlier this season at home on the foot of Justin Tucker, who hit a buzzer-beating 58-yard field goal, but that was with a healthy Jackson. Last Sunday, the team closed as an 11.5-point underdog with Brown, who was ineffective under center, as the offense turned the ball over four times including a fumble in the end zone that led to a touchdown.
What was most interesting is the Bengals’ offense was limited in the game, averaging four yards per play and less than three yards per carry. Maybe some of that was game script considering Cincinnati got out to a 17-0 lead, but it’s worth noting Baltimore limited the Bengals’ offense to 17 points and less than five yards per play in the first meeting.
Ultimately, this is too big of a point spread for two bitter rivals that have a ton of familiarity with one another. Maybe Jackson isn’t 100%, but if he is good to go I expect him to have success as a runner and put the Bengals’ defense on their heels. Keep in mind that Mark Andrews, J.K. Dobbins and Marcus Peters also got the week off with nagging injuries but should be good to go for this one.
I’m going to take the underdog in hopes that Jackson reminds the masses why he wants a massive payday this offseason and potentially stun the fans in Cincinnati with an upset.
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