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|Baltimore Ravens||+3.5 (-115)||+142||O 46 (-112)|
|Cincinnati Bengals||-3.5 (-105)||-170||U 46 (-108)|
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On the surface, the point spread might be confusing here. The Ravens scored more than 20 points in Week 1 in a decisive win over the Houston Texans, while the Bengals and quarterback Joe Burrow were held to less than 100 passing yards in a lopsided loss against the Cleveland Browns.
For the Bengals, you have to consider that Burrow didn’t play or practice throughout the preseason, and rust was there. The Ravens won, but quarterback Lamar Jackson threw an interception, running back J.K. Dobbins tore his Achilles, the team had a lost fumble, Jackson was sacked four times, they had 13 penalties, and you get it: there were a lot of negatives. Thankfully, they went up against the Houston Texans and rookie C.J. Stroud.
We cannot expect the Bengals loaded offense to be held down here again. Burrow had some live game action and a week of practice and will be ready to respond while the Ravens offense appears to be slowly moving toward the new Todd Monken offense.
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The Ravens may have won last week, but there were so many issues that if they have even half of those against the Bengals, they’ll dig themselves a massive hole. As mentioned above, the Bengals offense rebounds in the rushing game and passing attack.
On defense, the Ravens cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Brandon Stephens have their work cut out for them with Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins.
Look for the Bengals to rebound in a big way at home. Take the Bengals against the spread.
Despite the lack of offense from the Bengals last week, Chase saw nine targets and caught five for 39 yards. Here, the Ravens will send out Stephens and Darby to cover him, but we think it’ll be a massive failure on their part as we expect Higgins to rebound and at least catch a single pass.
In Week 18 last season, Chase caught eight passes on 12 targets against the Ravens for 86 yards and a touchdown.
This is a matchup nightmare for the Ravens cornerbacks, and Chase will exploit it.
Rushing for 38 yards last week, Jackson was held out of the endzone via a rushing score, but he has a great chance to rebound here. The Bengals allowed 206 rushing yards against the Browns, including 45 yards and a score to quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The Ravens they’re without Dobbins, so we could have a bit of a running back by committee without him, leaving more opportunities for Jackson to handle the ball, especially inside the redzone.
Getting “+” money with their RB1 down for the season, we’ll take a swing.
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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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