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The Baltimore Ravens are eyeing to get back on traffic with some NFC North division action in Week 11 at home against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bengals looking to bounce back after rough loss
It has been a difficult last couple of weeks for the Bengals that has seen them get outplayed by a pair of the league’s best teams suffering a pair of blowout losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints. The latter came this past Sunday in a 51-14 drumming at home where they never truly had any real momentum to keep up with the Saints’ explosive offense. However, the Bengals have shown to be a resilient team as the season has worn on with bounce-back outings after tough losses. Cincinnati playing a bit undermanned with star wide receiver A.J. Green being out of the mix due to a toe injury, but the team has enough playmakers on that side of the ball to get the job done. Running back Joe Mixon has been a key part of the that offensive firepower currently has rushed for 570 yards with four touchdowns along with 21 catches for 139 receiving yards and a touchdown.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 11, 2018
Meanwhile, third-year wide receiver Tyler Boyd is in the midst of a breakout year with 52 catches for 685 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Boyd had provided a tremendous amount of stability in the passing game as he has notched more than 100 receiving yards three times. This has come down to quarterback Andy Dalton stepping up as he has passed for 2,255 yards with 18 touchdown passes, which is 10th-most in the league along with 10 interceptions. Dalton has had his fair share of issues throwing the ball effectively, but a matchup against a reeling Ravens team could be the remedy to get him back on track and even more so if Green is able to take the field for the pivotal NFC North division action.
Flacco’s injury adding to Ravens’ struggles
Baltimore’s blazing start to the season has all been but a distant memory at this point after the team’s struggles over the last several weeks. They have dropped four out of their last five games with their lone win coming in the 21-0 shutout win over the Tennessee Titans. Aside from that, the Ravens have struggled to find any consistency on the field that would suggest they are a legitimate playoff contender heading into the final games of the season. Meanwhile, quarterback Joe Flacco is battling through a hip injury that may force him out of action for the contest while elevating either rookie Lamar Jackson or Robert Griffin III into the starting role. It is something that the Ravens may be intentionally keeping close to their chest to keep it a mystery against the Bengals.
The Ravens have scored 24 TDs this season. Catch 'em all. pic.twitter.com/3pKsoDfC3I
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 9, 2018
This is yet another obstacle for the Ravens to overcome offensively as the team has had difficulty on that end of the field over the last few weeks. They currently rank 17th with 23.7 points per contest. Beyond their defense being one of the top units in the league giving up just 17.8 points per game, which is second-best in the league with have to lie with their offense taking advantage of the opponent defensively. The Bengals have been lit up defensively for more than 40 points twice in the last three games. They have given up 32.0 points per contest, which is the second-highest mark in the league. Regardless of who is under center be it Jackson, Griffin III, or Flacco their offensive performance will be the key to them having a chance to get back on track from their recent struggles.
- Ravens are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Ravens are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC North.
- Ravens are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Bengals are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. AFC.
- Bengals are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 11.
- Bengals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC North.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Bengals have had their fair share of woes defensively in the last couple of weeks, this has the table set for them to get back on track against a struggling Ravens team. The questions at the quarterback position for Baltimore could also work in Cincinnati’s favor. The Bengals are also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings against the Ravens.
Prediction: Cincinnati +3.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Points may be a little difficult to come by for the Bengals, but they have enough firepower to get on the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the Ravens could have a strong outing offensively against Cincinnati’s porous defense. The over is also 5-1 in Bengals’ last six games against AFC North opponents
Prediction: Over 44.5