Ravens vs Bengals NFL Wagering Odds & Betting Preview
The Baltimore Ravens, fresh off an upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, look to continue making life difficult for their AFC North peers above them in the standings when they head to Cincinnati. The Bengals lost on Monday Night Football in overtime to Denver last week, in a game that could have given them a bye in the first round of the AFC playoffs. If the Bengals want one of the top two seeds in the AFC playoffs, they have to win this week. The Bengals are favored by 7.5 points this week on Sunday NFL wagering odds.
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Why should you pick the Ravens (+7.5)?
After seeing Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clausen go down to injury, the Ravens are once again running Ryan Mallett out to start the game. He played well enough last week to let the Ravens’ two picks of Ben Roethlisberger make enough of a difference for the Ravens to win. He could repeat that performance again against a Bengals defense that coughed up a 14-0 lead last week against Denver. A.J. McCarron has to bounce back from seeing his turnover lead to a Bronco victory last week, so it will be interesting to see where his confidence level is at this point.
Why should you take Cincinnati (-7.5)?
Despite McCarron injuring his wrist on the last play of the game, he is likely to start against Baltimore this week. The Bengals’ defense is stouter than the Steelers’, and McCarron has filled in ably for Andy Dalton for the most part. Cincinnati will be at home this time and has a chance to salt away the top seed, and they have shown a penchant to execute when the chips are down.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As long as McCarron is the starting quarterback for the Bengals, I like them to win, 24-13, and cover. If McCarron is pulled between now and game time, which means that Keith Wenning would be the starter, then I would definitely take the Ravens, so pay attention to the injury reports between now and then.