Baltimore Ravens (1-0) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
On Week 2 of NFL action, Baltimore Ravens (1-0) and Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) will engage in what promises to be an intense AFC North showdown at Paycor Stadium and broadcast live by CBS. With all this excitement comes many chances for football betting picks.
Running Back Gus Edwards has emerged as a key piece for Baltimore Ravens this season. In Week 1, Edwards made eight rush attempts for 32 yards without reaching the end zone; although, this could play an instrumental role against Cincinnati. Wide Receiver Zay Flowers made an equally notable impact, amassing 9 receptions from 10 targets, totalling 78 yards despite yet to find the end zone this year. Flowers has shown his capabilities with two plays exceeding 20 yards which further demonstrate his capabilities as a playmaker.
Joe Mixon was Cincinnati Bengals Running Back’s go-to running back this week with 13 attempts for 56 yards, but didn’t score any touchdowns despite breaking free for 22 yard runs on three of those attempts. Ja’Marr Chase caught 5 passes out of 9 targets for 39 yards – similar to Joe Mixon in Baltimore but without scoring touchdowns but showing flashes of ability in setting up first downs at key moments.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Game Info
|Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET
|NFL Game Pass
Lamar Jackson QB vs Joe Burrow QB
Lamar Jackson showed why he is one of the elite dual-threat quarterbacks in Week 1. With an impressive 77.3% completion rate from 17 completions on 22 attempts and an accuracy rate of 77.3 percent on all passes attempted, Jackson showed his proficiency as an accurate passer and demonstrated why defenses must stay alert against him. Unfortunately for Jackson though, concerns arise with regard to protection: four times were sacked outright during Week 1, suggesting vulnerabilities within their offensive line – so in order to maximize his skillset effectively.
Joe Burrow faced a more trying week one as the Bengals quarterback of choice with his status as first overall draft selection. Although initially heralded as their savior with 14 completions from 31 attempts for 45.2% completion rate is telling. With only 82 passing yards at an average of 2.6 yards per pass attempt and two times being sacked on opening night alone highlighting their young QB’s vulnerability against tougher defenses this season. While Burrow has shown his worth prior to now, his true capabilities will yet to be judged this season.
NFL Odds/Point Spread: Baltimore Ravens +155, Total Odds: 45.5
According to the odds, the Cincinnati Bengals are favored to win with a spread of -3.5 (+100) and a moneyline of -175. On the other hand, the Baltimore Ravens are the underdogs with a spread of +3.5 (-120) and a moneyline of +155.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Trends
The Ravens are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games and 2-4 straight up (SU) in their last 6. However, they have struggled in their recent meetings with Cincinnati, going 1-4 SU in their last five encounters. The total has gone under in 12 of Baltimore’s last 16 games but has gone over in 5 of their last 6 road games against Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Trends
Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games but an impressive 10-2 SU in their last 12. They have been particularly strong at home, boasting a 7-0 SU record in their last 7 home games. The total has gone under in 7 of Cincinnati’s last 10 games but over in 4 of their last 5 games against Baltimore.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals 9/17/23 Betting Picks
For those scouring the best betting websites, this game presents an interesting scenario. Baltimore’s recent form suggests they could beat the spread, but Cincinnati’s home advantage and previous matchup successes tip the scales in their favor. Given Joe Burrow’s shaky performance in Week 1, it is likely that Baltimore could exploit this weakness. Based on all the data and trends, our pick would be to bet on the Ravens to beat the spread (+3.5, -120). Though Cincinnati’s recent form is impressive, this matchup could be a lot closer than the odds suggest. Make sure to check all the trends and odds before placing your bets, as early-season matchups can be unpredictable. Good luck!
Free Pick and Prediction: Baltimore Ravens will win 24-21