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The Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon in an NFC North matchup. The Raves moved to 3-2 after defeating Pittsburgh in overtime, while the Bengals dropped to 0-5 with a loss to Arizona. Baltimore has a chance to gain some distance in the division standings with a win over the downtrodden Bengals. The Ravens picked up their win despite quarterback Lamar Jackson throwing three interceptions to one touchdown. Baltimore came up with a fumble in overtime to set up a game-winning field goal. The Ravens defense did take a big hit with the injury of safety Tony Jefferson, who suffered an ACL tear.
Cincinnati is coming off a disappointing loss to Arizona in which it took 20 drives for the Bengals to find the end zone. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw just 22 yards in the first half, a career-low. Cincinnati did receive strong play from running back Joe Mixon, who ran for 93 yards. The Bengals running back still ranks last in the NFL in yards per game.
Bengals seek first winThe Cincinnati Bengals are off to a nightmare season at 0-5. Any shot of reaching the postseason is already out the window, and pretty soon Cincinnati will have to think about tanking for the first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. For the time being, the Bengals must figure out how to get their offense rolling. The group ranks 29th in the NFL in points scored, averaging 16 per game.
Quarterback Andy Dalton is coming off his best outing of the season, as he threw for 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Arizona. Dalton was sacked just once compared to eight times the previous game against Pittsburgh. Top receiver A.J. Green will miss Sunday due to an ankle injury. The Cincinnati offense is one dimensional. The Bengals rank second-to-last in rushing yards at 61.2 per game.
Tyler Eifert wide open in the end zone. Andy Dalton throws it behind him. pic.twitter.com/nZZA68Q5aC— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) October 6, 2019
The Cincinnati defense is just as much of a concern. The Bengals are allowing nearly four touchdowns a game. They may also be without some key players this weekend. DT Ryan Glasgow, S Shawn Williams, and DE Kerry Wynn all missed practice Wednesday. Cincinnati allows the second-most rushing yards of any team which could be a problem against a good running team like Baltimore.
Ravens go for second straight victoryDon't look now but the Baltimore Ravens have the top scoring offense in the NFL. Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson may not be an elite pocket passer, but he's succeeded at putting his team in scoring positions. Jackson has five interceptions to four touchdowns over the last two games which is certainly a concern. However, he can also make plays on his feet, including a 50-yard run against Cleveland a few weeks ago.
Jackson's mobility is a big reason why the Ravens have the second-most rushing yards in the league at 192.2 per game. Running back Mark Ingram deserves plenty of credit as well. The former Alabama star already has six touchdowns and 372 rushing yards. Baltimore could be without two key receiving targets. Receiver Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews both missed practice Thursday. The pair have combined for half of the team's 12 touchdown receptions.
Baltimore's defense is still a work in progress. The unit allows 24.6 points per game, which is a concern. CB Jimmy Smith is out for Sunday, while LB Patrick Onuwuasor and CB Maurice Canady are both questionable. The Ravens are one of the better teams at stopping the run, and given Cincinnati's ineptitude at running the ball there's a good chance Baltimore will hold them for very few yards on the ground.
- Ravens are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.
- Bengals are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on fieldturf.
- Bengals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 6.
- Bengals are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Ravens are coming off a huge win, and I think that momentum will carry through a convincing victory at home. Baltimore has one of the top running attacks in the NFL and gets to face a defense that is second-worst in the league at stopping the run. Cincinnati is a very banged-up team right now and the Ravens will take advantage. The Ravens should be able to keep Cincinnati's scoring down, too.
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens -11
Full-Game Total Pick
The Ravens and Bengals both give up over 24 points a game, so the over might seem like a smart pick. However, the under is 5-0-1 in the Bengals' last six road games. It's hard to see Cincinnati scoring enough points to push this one over. Go with the under here.
Prediction: Under 48