Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) vs Baltimore Ravens (4-5)Date : 11/18/2018
Time : 1:00 PM
Location : M&T Bank Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens will return to M&T Bank Stadium after sitting out last weekend due to a bye and they will welcome in their divisional rivals in the Cincinnati Bengals, the opening kickoff is slated for 1:00 PM. The Ravens have slid down the AFC North standings after losing 3 straight while the Bengals have gone through some turnover on their coaching staff.
Cincinnati Bengals's Latest Performance :
The Cincinnati Bengals started the season off hot but after their recent loss at home against the New Orleans Saints, the Bengals once again look like they are destined to miss the playoffs. The Bengals got smashed at home 51-14 and their offense which has been surprisingly good looked incompetent and that starts with QB Andy Dalton. The veteran QB was only able to throw for 153 yards, 1 TD, and 2 costly interceptions which eventually led to backup QB Jeff Driskel getting some playing time. Dalton enters this week with a stat line of 2255 yards, 18 TDs, and 10 interceptions with a big amount of his targets going to WR A.J. Green. The Bengals star WR didn’t play against the Saints due to a toe injury and he is going to miss an extended amount of time which means the other WRs will need to step up. 24-year-old Tyler Boyd has continued his hot streak of games with another good performance as he was able to lead the team with 65 yards and put him just shy of Green on the stat leaderboard with 685 total yards and 4 TDs. The ground attack was also limited for the Bengals due to them playing from behind most of the game as starting RB Joe Mixon was held to only 61 yards on 11 carries. The Bengals let one of the best scoring offenses score on them in bunches which is given for the Saints but the fact that they let them score 51 points on their head led to the firing of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Safety Shawn Williams had a busy day covering WRs and the explosive RBs as he racked up a team-high 10 tackles to push his season total to 56. The Bengals were unable to get the Saints to force any turnovers or get home to Drew Brees.
Baltimore Ravens's Latest Performance :
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a much-needed by as they have dropped 3 consecutive games but they may have more problems ahead as starting QB Joe Flacco suffered a hip injury in their latest game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Flacco hasn’t been an MVP caliber QB this season but he still has put together a decent season as the veteran has thrown for 2465 yards, 12 TDs, and 6 interceptions. If Flacco is unable to go this weekend it is likely the Ravens turn to rookie QB Lamar Jackson who has shown the ability to be a playmaker throughout his career. Jackson has seen some playing time over the last few weeks but he has only attempted 12 passes. The next area of concern for the Ravens has been the RB position as they have received little to no consistency out of Alex Collins, Javorius Allen, and Gus Edwards. Collins has been the featured back all season long and although he was able to rush for a TD against the Steelers he was limited to only 35 yards. The new look WR room was unable to reach the end zone against the Steelers as Willie Snead was the top WR with 58 yards on 7 catches. Top WR John Brown was unable to get much generated against the Ravens as he was held to just 3 catches for 15 yards. One of the top defenses in the NFL was unable to stop the Steelers as they generated no turnovers and only had 1 sack. Safety Eric Weddle was the top Raven in this matchup as he was able to contribute 7 tackles which puts his season total at 48.
How Cincinnati Bengals & Baltimore Ravens Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Cincinnati is 4-5 ATS, 2-2 ATS on the road.
Baltimore is 4-5 ATS, 2-2 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Cincinnati ranks 11th in the NFL in team scoring as they score an average of 26.1 PPG while Baltimore ranks 17th as they score an average of 23.7 PPG.
Baltimore ranks 2nd in the NFL in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 17.8 PPG while Cincinnati ranks 31st as they hold opponents to an average of 32 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Baltimore Ravens
My reason for the pick :
There hasn’t been a line released yet due to the uncertainty of Joe Flacco but I still will take my chances with the Baltimore Ravens in this matchup. Lamar Jackson may be the guy to provide the spark for a sluggish offense and with the Ravens coming off a bye week I bet Jackson was preparing like he was the starter and got extra reps in practice with the 1st team. Cincinnati offense is good but Baltimore has arguably the best defense in the NFL and I think that is the true difference maker for this matchup. I will be riding with the Ravens at home for this matchup.
Betting trends for Cincinnati Bengals:
- Cincinnati is 1-3 ATS as an underdog this season.
Betting trends for Baltimore Ravens:
- Baltimore is 4-3 ATS in AFC matchups this season.