The Ravens have already clinched a playoff spot but if they win this game on Sunday and the Steelers lose against Cleveland then the Ravens would win the AFC North instead of having to go the Wild Card route in the playoffs. Baltimore is heavily favored in NFL betting against the Bengals but the Ravens have not done well recently in the series against Cincinnati.
Baltimore -9.5, total 43 at the Sbg sportsbook
The Ravens are almost double-digit favorites in this game. It is easy to understand why as Cincinnati is one of the worst teams in the league but there are causes for concern if you are laying the points with Baltimore. The Ravens have really struggled against the Bengals recently and Cincinnati actually showed up last week and shocked the San Diego Chargers.
Bengals Series Success
Cincinnati has won seven of the last ten in this series against Baltimore and they are 7-3 against the spread. Earlier this season the Bengals pulled out a 15-10 win at home against the Ravens. Cincinnati has actually won and covered the last three games against Baltimore. All three of those games also went under the total.
Letdown for Bengals?
This could be a letdown game for the Bengals. Last week they played against San Diego and no one game them a chance as they were missing wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. Sometimes a team plays better without their star players but oftentimes it is only for one game. After getting up to play without their stars they fall back down the next game. That could happen here for Cincinnati. The Bengals proved last week they still had a pulse but now reality may set in and they could get routed.
The Bengals are 2-5 in NFL betting this season on the road. They have lost both straight up and against the spread in their last two road contests. The Ravens are just 3-4 against the odds at the NFL betting site at home this season. Baltimore has actually gone over the total in four of their seven home games this season while Cincinnati has gone under in four of their seven road contests.