Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens

Ravens vs. Bengals Game Preview

After each team won their season opener, both franchises are looking to get off to a 2-0 and get an early jump on winning the 2018 AFC North Division title.

Baltimore Ravens

While the Baltimore Ravens Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills was expected, few expected the Ravens offence to drop 47 points and make Joe Flacco look like an elite quarterback.

A single week performance (against a bad team to boot) is never enough to change a team’s outlook. However, their offence has been clicking since the middle of last season. The Ravens offence ranked second in the NFL from Week 8 on last season, averaging 29.4 points per game. Add in the 47 they scored on Sunday, and the team is averaging 31.2 points in over their last ten regular season games.

Cincinnati Bengals

After beating the Indianapolis Colts on the road in Week 1, the Bengals extended their regular season winning streak to three games, their longest streak since 2015.

The Cincinnati Bengals offence looked particularly impressive in Week 1. Although the Colts defence is not great, the Bengals showed the speed, depth and talent they at the skilled positions. If A.J. Green, Joe Mixon and John Ross can all have a productive game against the Ravens, the Bengals could field one of the better offences in the NFL this season.

Game Snippet

Divisional games in the NFL are typically competitive, and the rivalry between the Bengals and Ravens is no exception. The average score between these two teams over their last ten meetings is Bengals 22.5 – Ravens 19.3

Ravens vs. Bengals Betting Tips

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    Bengals 7-3 SU against Ravens in last ten

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    Bengals 6-4 ATS against Ravens since 2013

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    4-5-1 O/U in last ten between Ravens and Bengals

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    Road team won both meetings last season

Ravens vs. Bengals Game Prediction

Moneyline Prediction

With no point spread, we will just focus on which team will win the game straight up. Despite the Bengals strong performance in Week 1 and their 7-3 mark against Baltimore since 2013, the better bet is on the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens’ growth on the offensive side of the ball should cause the Bengals more problems than the Colts did in Week 1. The Ravens employed a very balanced offensive attack, while also utilizing rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson (7 rushes for 39 yards) to keep the defence guessing.

The Ravens defence is also better than the Bengals. The Ravens led the NFL in takeaways last season and added two more in Week 1 (along with six sacks) to start 2018 off strong.

The Ravens are also after some revenge in this game. The Bengals beat the Ravens in Week 17 last season, eliminating the franchise from the playoffs. Look for the Ravens to come out firing on Thursday night.

Bet: Baltimore Ravens (-105)

Over/Under Bet

After seeing these two teams combined for 81 points in Week 1, the over is the better bet on Thursday night. As mentioned early, the Ravens are averaging 31.4 points over their last ten games, while the Bengals are averaging 30.3 points per game over their current three-game winning streak.

Also, last season eight of the 14 Thursday night football games (including the season opener) went over 44.0 points. The Ravens also dropped 40 points on the Dolphins on Thursday night football last season.

Bet: Over 44.0 (-110)