- The Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football
- The Ravens are 3.5-point home favorites in the Bengals vs Ravens odds at BetMGM
- Read below for our best Bengals vs Ravens betting picks
Coming off of another 2-0 NFL betting night in last week’s Sunday Night Football matchup, we move into a divisional game in Week 5. This AFC North clash will feature two 2-2 teams and will go a long way in determining who the favorite is to win this division. As it currently stands, the Ravens hold -105 odds to win the North, while the Bengals are currently +200. As we head towards the weekend, this 3.5-point spread which has the Ravens favored could see some movement towards a field goal as the -3.5 currently holds +100 in the Bengals vs Ravens odds.
The current total sits at 48 and if you look back to these team’s meetings a year ago, they averaged 60 points per game which featured the Bengals scoring 41 in each contest.
Although it was a season ago, it is important to keep in mind the way these teams play one another and in my opinion, it is more likely than not that we could be heading for a shootout.
Let’s take a look at the Bengals vs Ravens odds and find a few picks we like for Sunday Night Football.
Bengals vs Ravens Odds
|Cincinnati Bengals||+145||+3.5 (-120)||O 48 (-110)|
|Baltimore Ravens||-175||-3.5 (+100)||U 48 (-110)|
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Ohio online sports betting markets are set to legalize on January 1, 2023. So, although Ohio state bettors won’t be able to bet on this game, moves are being made as the Cincinnati Bengals became the official betting partner of Betfred Sportsbook.
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Outlook
The Bengals are coming off of a Thursday night victory over the Dolphins last week. With an extended week to rest, I like the way this game shakes out for the Bengals offense and their eighth-ranked passing attack in the league, averaging 257.3 passing yards per game. The Bengals are an even 2-2 against the spread so far this season and in their second divisional game, catching 3.5 is definitely an interesting number.
MORE NOISE FOR THE DEFENSE 👏
Our defense has only allowed one TD over its last 31 opponent drives. pic.twitter.com/ndBgDheLXH
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 6, 2022
This Bengals team has relied on their defense over the past two weeks, who have boosted themselves to top-10 in the NFL. They have only given up 17.5 points per game, while only giving up 85.8 yards per game on the ground.
This is important in this matchup against a rush-first Ravens squad and I believe this game will be decided at the line of scrimmage. If the Bengals can contain Lamar Jackson in the pocket and stop the run they will be in great shape, sadly, that is a lot easier said than done.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Outlook
The Ravens faltered in the second half of last week’s game, which saw them lose a game to the Bills after having a 20-3 lead. Although people will overreact, I think that second half had more to do with the Bills figuring it out rather than the Ravens letting it slip away.
The Ravens showed glimpses of what they can become this season but I think it goes without saying, they have serious issues on defense. In both of their losses this season, they have held 17-point leads.
There have been only two instances in NFL history where a player has rushed for 300 yards and has thrown for 11 TDs through the first four games of a season:
Lamar Jackson in 2019
and … Lamar Jackson this season
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) October 6, 2022
The fact that they have blown these leads makes them an impossible team to trust, especially laying 3.5, in a divisional game. A guy I do trust in this spot is Lamar Jackson. Lamar has been fantastic to start the season and if you look past a sloppy weather game against a top defensive unit in the Bills, he has put up MVP numbers.
I think this Ravens team actually has to rely on Lamar more than they already do and if they can get Jackson and Mark Andrews going, they should be able to put up points on Sunday night. John Harbaugh holds a fantastic 18-2 record in primetime games at home as the Ravens head coach, which is an important record to take into account when looking at the Bengals vs Ravens odds, especially coming off of a loss.
Bengals vs Ravens Pick and Prediction
This matchup is fascinating in so many ways and I think we have a good primetime game on our hands here, which seem to be few and far between this season. The Bengals scored 82 points against this Ravens team a year ago and I can promise you the Ravens defense does not forget. A lot of sports bettors like to refer to a spot like this as a “revenge spot”.
Will it matter? I’m not so sure it will and because of that, give me the game over here. I see both of these offenses moving the ball and scoring 3+ touchdowns each. I like this game to be played in the 20’s and I think we should see this game in the 27-24 range. Give me the over 48 at -110 in the Bengals vs Ravens odds at -110.
Referencing 27-24 as the final score as I did above would make it seem like I may have an edge on who will be putting up the 27 and who will be putting up the 24.
That would be false. I think this comes down to a one score game late into the fourth, and we could see a game decided by a late turnover or last second field goal. With that being said, I am staying away from a side and going into the prop market for Mark Andrews.
After a down week in the rain against the Bills, I am expecting a monster bounce back here from Andrews and have locked in his over 69.5 receiving at -115 in the Bengals vs Ravens odds.
Best Picks: Bengals/Ravens Over 48 (-110) BetMGM, Mark Andrews Over 69.5 Receiving (-115) BetMGM