Baltimore hung with the likely #1 seed in the NFC last week even without Lamar Jackson but still ultimately fell 31-30 at home against Green Bay. The loss makes the jumbled AFC North even tighter, and coupled with the Bengals win in Denver last week has Cincinnati and the Ravens tied atop the division at 8-6, with both Pittsburgh and Cleveland just a game back in the win column.
Obviously, Sunday’s Ravens vs Bengals matchup is huge, especially with Cincinnati posting a 41-17 win at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 7. A season sweep would give the Bengals the advantage in a tiebreaker, and both teams have some tough games upcoming, with Baltimore playing the Rams and Cincinnati hosting the Chiefs next week.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview: Does Jackson Go?
Nobody can fault Tyler Huntley, who threw for 215 yards and 2 TD while running for 72 yards and two more scores in the loss to the Packers. Just like he did against the Bears in a last-second 16-10 win in Week 12, Huntley drove Baltimore to a score with 0:42 left against Green Bay, but coach John Harbaugh opted to go for a 2-point conversion and the win, which ultimately failed in the 31-30 loss.
Huntley was also 27/38 for 270 yards and a TD the week prior, but it was another loss, 24-22, to Cleveland. The fact that the young QB has played well makes it not as huge of a deal if Lamar Jackson (ankle) cannot go vs. the Bengals.
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview: Ugly Win Still a Win
Cincinnati should count their blessings that they were able to get the 15-10 win in Denver and pull into a tie with Baltimore in the AFC North. The Broncos outgained the Bengals 292 to 249 and held Joe Burrow to 157 yards passing, but Cincinnati used a franchise-record 58-yard field goal, an injury to Denver QB Teddy Bridgewater, and a late Drew Lock fumble inside the 10-yard line to pick up the win.
The Bengals needed the victory, as they had dropped two games prior to the 49ers and Chargers both at home. In fact, Cincinnati is just 1-4 in their last four home contests, which makes Sunday’s matchup with Baltimore a little iffy.
The Bengals are 3-1 in the division this season and have swept Pittsburgh and beaten the Ravens once, so Cincinnati is looking good for any tiebreaker scenarios with a win on Sunday.
Ravens vs. Bengals Betting Odds & Lines
Bet this game at MyBookie with the Bengals as a -2.5 favorite. There’s definitely value on both sides of this one, with Baltimore playing well even without Jackson (despite two losses) and Cincinnati already posting a 24-point win against the Ravens this season with Burrow throwing for 416 yards and 3 TDs.
Free Betting Pick
Cincinnati has had their share of struggles at home for whatever reason lately. Couple that with Baltimore being steamed that they couldn’t complete the comeback win over Green Bay last week, and it’s looking like a great opportunity for the Ravens to even up the season series – regardless of who is QB.