Betting Preview: Ravens are Favored at Home vs. Bengals

Betting Preview: Ravens are Favored at Home vs. Bengals
By Bill Ordine

The Ravens are coming off their best showing of the year, a 34-6 thrashing of the Los Angeles Chargers, who were considered a pretty good team heading into that game against Baltimore.

This week, the Ravens draw AFC North rival Cincinnati. The Ravens, on a five-gaming winning streak, are 5-1 in the standings. The Bengals plastered Detroit last week, 34-11, and trail the Ravens in the division by just a game at 4-2. Both teams are 3-3 against the spread in .

In Maryland sports betting, the Ravens are 6.5-point favorites and the moneyline has Baltimore (-275) and the Bengals (+230). The over-under is 47 for Maryland gambling.

The game is in Baltimore. The point-spread money is 2-to-1 on the Ravens for and about 60% of the moneyline cash is on Baltimore. The under is a slight favorite.

Impressive Wins for Both

The upcoming game might look pretty even in Maryland NFL betting considering how the teams have fared recently. But here’s the thing — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had a so-so game against the Chargers (167 passing yards, 1 TD pass, 2 interceptions, 51 rushing yards) yet Baltimore still walloped a contending team by 28 points.

Meanwhile, while it can be argued that Bengals QB Joe Burrow (271 passing yards, 3 TD passes, 1 interception, 20 rushing yards) had an outstanding day in a lopsided win, but it happened to be against the winless Lions.

On defense, the Ravens have been dealing with injuries but Baltimore’s showing against the Chargers’ offense is an indication that the Ravens’ personnel is adjusting.

Who Will Win?

Prediction: The game is in Baltimore, where the Ravens have averaged more than 33 points on offense in going 3-0. Ravens 31, Bengals 14.

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A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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