The Ravens have very little time for locker room therapy to get over the self-inflicted trauma of their 33-31 walk-off loss to Cleveland.
After the Ravens built a 24-9 lead at home, Maryland sports betting players watched Baltimore stumble through the late stages of the game. The defeat was to a division opponent and, worse, gave life to both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, who are also still in the hunt in the AFC North.
Going into Thursday night’s game, Baltimore clings to the division lead at 7-3 but with the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers on their heels at 6-3, and dangerous Cincinnati still a threat at 5-4.
The Ravens are a 3.5-point home favorite at BetMGM Maryland as well as at just about all the other online sportsbooks. The moneyline at BetMGM is -190 on Baltimore, +155 on Cincinnati. The over-under recently drifted up to 46 after starting at the 44.5-45 level.
BetMaryland.com – your source for Maryland sports betting apps – looked at recent history between the Ravens and Bengals.
When Bengals and Ravens Meet
How Teams Stand Entering Game
Baltimore has won at home in six of the last seven seasons. For TV viewers, the Bengals-Ravens should provide a relief from last week’s wretched matchup of the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears. The week before, Tennessee-Pittsburgh, wasn’t much better.
The Ravens were beginning to feel like an offensive juggernaut, averaging more than 32 points a game during a four-game winning streak before the Cleveland defeat. And while they did score 31 points in the loss to Cleveland, they allowed the Browns to control the clock, notably on a 10-minute, 17-play drive in the third period that gave Cleveland life. Just when things were looking good for the Ravens’ Super Bowl odds.
Now, the Ravens are at home against Cincinnati, which has sputtered itself this year. The Bengals started 1-3 as star quarterback Joe Burrow played through a nagging calf injury. It was during that time when Burrow was still dealing with the injury when the Ravens traveled to Cincinnati and beat the Bengals, 27-24, in Week 2.
Burrow is back at just about full strength, but the Bengals are still licking their wounds. Last week, they got in a close battle with Houston. After tying the game, 27-27, with 1:33 left, they allowed the Texans to march back down the field and kick a game-winning field goal at the whistle.
So, there it is. Two divisional foes who both lost the previous week on game-ending field goals meeting on a Thursday night.
A couple of worrisome injuries for the Ravens are offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (knee) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey (calf). Both left the Cleveland game, did not return, and their status is the proverbial category of “day-to-day.” As you consider betting on Thursday Night Football, check out our array on Maryland sports betting promos.