We expected the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens to emerge as the class of the AFC North this year. They still might, but they both coughed up games last week that they should have won, passing the mid-season mark with signs of concern. The Ravens were up on the Cleveland Browns at home, 31-17, but Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson came to life in the second half and brought the team all the way back for a 33-30 win. The Bengals saw Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud lead his second game-winning drive in as many weeks, bringing the team in range for a 38-yard field goal from Mat Ammendola over the last 1:33 of regulation. Meanwhile, Joe Burrow threw back-to-back picks in the fourth quarter, including an interception in the end zone. Tyler Boyd also dropped a pass in the end zone with 1:39 remaining in regulation, and the Bengals had to kick a field goal to tie the game instead of taking what would have been a four-point lead. These teams meet in Baltimore on a Thursday night; which team will win this crucial divisional game? Read on to get our NFL betting prediction between Bengals vs Ravens.
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When: Thursday, November 16, 2023, 8:15 pm ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
TV: Prime Video
Radio: Westwood One
Live Stream: Prime Video
Why should you bet on the Cincinnati Bengals?
The Bengals started the season with a dreadful 1-3 run, but then they had a four-game winning streak going until they lay down for the upstart Texans, who gained 544 total yards and picked up 28 first downs. Cincinnati is 30th in the NFL in yards permitted per game (384) and they have permitted 21.3 points per game. Cam Taylor-Britt is tied for third in the NFL with four picks (and the team has 12 all together, good for second overall), and Logan Wilson not only has three interceptions of his own but leads the team with 70 tackles. Despite these individual numbers and takeaways, though, the front seven needs to do a better job of rushing the passer and clogging up the run.
On offense, the Bengals have turned things up a notch; their season scoring average is 20.2 points per game, but over the last five games, that number has climbed to 26.6. Joe Burrow threw for 347 yards, going 27 of 40, and had at least two scoring passes for the fifth game in a row, but those two picks and four sacks did the offense in. Cincinnati is still tied with Pittsburgh for the best turnover differential in the NFL (+10), but the defense will need more consistent stops against the Ravens.
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Why should you put your money on the Baltimore Ravens?
The Ravens still lead the AFC North with a 7-3 record, but Pittsburgh and Cleveland are right behind them at 6-3, and the Bengals sit at 5-4. The late collapse against Cleveland cost the Ravens a chance to create some separation from their divisional rivals; the Baltimore defense, which has looked invincible at times this year, allowed nine points (and the Browns also added a pick-six). While Lamar Jackson threw for 223 yards and ran for 41 more and did throw a touchdown pass, he also had a pair of picks.
The Ravens’ defense only permits 15.7 points per game this season, the lowest number in th eNFL. They have the second-best total defense (273.6 yards permitted per game) and the fourth-best passing defense (173.1 yards permitted per game). They have ten interceptions against just seven touchdown passes allowed, and Geno Stone has six of those picks all by himself to lead the league, along with 39 tackles and eight pass deflections.
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The teams met in Cincinnati earlier in the regular season, and Baltimore went in as three-point underdogs and not only covered but won straight up, 27-24. Baltimore has won six of the last ten meetings straight up, but the Ravens are only 1-2 against the spread in their last three games, while the Bengals have covered in four of their last five (with the exception coming last week in that stinker against Houston). On the road, Cincinnati has covered in each of their last two games, and I see Burrow winning this duel, 27-23.
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