Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens (10/9) @ 8:20 PM EST.)
Line: Ravens (-3)
Bengals vs Ravens Breakdown and Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) meet the Baltimore Ravens (2-2) for Sunday Night Football in Baltimore for an AFC North showdown. Kickoff starts at 8:20 p.m. ET, with the Ravens favored by 3 points and the over/under set at 48.
The Bengals won both of their matchups last year, with two dominating performances, not letting the Ravens come within two scores in either game.
The Bengals start to the season looked like a textbook Super Bowl hangover, losing their first two games in which they were favorites, and Joe Burrow throwing 4 picks in Week 1. The defending division champs have seemed to hit their stride since then though, winning two straight in decisive fashion.
In their last game, against the Dolphins, the Bengals gave Miami their first loss of the season in a 27-15 victory, covering the -4 spread. Joe Burrow looked impressive, throwing for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns. Joe Mixon also ran for 61 yards to punch in his first touchdown of the season, and Tee Higgins had a breakout game with 7 receptions for 124 yards.
Despite an upwards trend, the Bengals offense has not been the same as last year. The Bengals offensive line remains their main concern however, allowing Burrow to get sacked 16 times in four games, tied for second most in the league. The Ravens will be the Bengals toughest matchup this season, especially on the defensive end.
Baltimore is off to a shaky start this season, with both of their losses seeing them drop major leads. They are however, the third highest-scoring team in the NFL this season, averaging 29.8 points per game. Their offense this season has pretty much been all Lamar Jackson, who needs 11 more rushing yards to become the sixth quarterback in history to notch 4,000 rushing yards and will be the fastest to do so.
The Ravens are coming into this game after a 20-23 loss to the Bills, a game that saw the Baltimore blow a 17-3 lead. Lamar Jackson threw for 144 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions while also rushing for 73 yards. The rest of the Ravens’ offense looked stagnant, apart from J. K. Dobbins who had rushing and receiving touchdowns.
Luckily for the Ravens, receivers Devin Duvernay and Rashod Bateman have stepped up this year, becoming Jackson’s go to targets along with tight end Mark Andrews.
TakingVegas.com 1* Free Pick: Ravens -3
We’re taking the Ravens to cover the 3 point spread. Vegas seems to think that this game could go either way, so we’re taking the home favorites. The Ravens’ defense has also been stellar so far this season, so expect to see a lot of pressures on Joe Burrow and their weak offensive line.