The Baltimore Ravens (10-7) head to the Paycor Stadium to face off against the Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) in an NFL wild-card round game this coming Sunday.
Going into this AFC North matchup, the Bengals are seeded third after winning the division, scoring two wins more than the second-placed Ravens, who enter as the sixth seed.
Fresh from their Super Bowl defeat last season, the Cincinnati Bengals aim to get their latest assault for the Vince Lombardi Trophy off on the right foot by winning their first playoff game. On the other side, the pressure is on for the Baltimore Ravens after losing to their latest opponents 27-16 last week.
Cincinnati Bengals VS Baltimore Ravens Betting lines
Cincinnati Bengals VS Baltimore Ravens Betting expert picks
Cincinnati Bengals VS Baltimore Ravens Moneyline
Take the Cincinnati Bengals to win (1.33) outright on the moneyline.
The Cincinnati Bengals are riding an eight-game winning streak heading into this week’s matchup. The hosts are 12-4 for the season and 6-1 at home. The Baltimore Ravens have had a rough time recently.
They’ve lost three of their past five games, and with the oddsmakers pricing a road win at +240, they’re unlikely to improve on their ten-game win tally on Sunday.
Our money is on an outright home win (-300). The Baltimore Ravens are on a two-match losing streak and could end up as easy prey for the in-form Cincinnati Bengals. The hosts are in scintillating form, and with the home crowd behind them, we’re expecting them to nail a straight win.
Cincinnati Bengals VS Baltimore Ravens Spread
Betting on the Cincinnati Bengals -6.5 (1.91) is our favorite play for this matchup.
The Cincinnati Bengals are favored by 6.5 points against the Baltimore Ravens in the week’s betting lines. This leaves them heavy favorites to win Sunday’s matchup outright. The last five contests between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens have posted an average winning margin of up to 18.4 points.
Home-field advantage usually has paid off for the Bengals in this series. In their past five encounters with the Ravens at the Paycor Stadium, the home side bagged three wins by an average winning margin of 14.0 points. The hosts are also 6-3 ATS in the past nine games at home and 8-2 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
In their most recent games against AFC North opponents, the Baltimore Ravens went 4-8 ATS. Their offense averaged 20.1 points per game during that span, and the defense gave up 17.7 points on average. The visitors are 7-3 ATS from their ten most recent road trips, as well as 5-5 ATS in their last ten games overall.
Cincinnati Bengals VS Baltimore Ravens Total
Total over 43.5 (1.91) is the right play for this match.
The total may have passed the 45-point mark, but it didn’t quite go above 50 points, as the last ten games between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens produced an average of 47.4 points.
The total for this Week’s matchup at the Paycor Stadium is 43.5 points, which is under the 48-point average seen in their last five meetings between the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens – but not by much either way.
The total has averaged 48.7 points in the Cincinnati Bengals’ ten most recent games, as well as 48.4 points in their last five at home. Meanwhile, betting on the over would’ve paid out as a winning bet in the last three games at the Paycor Stadium for the Cincinnati Bengals, who are 5-4-1 in their last ten home and away matches combined.
As for the Baltimore Ravens, the average total has been 32.3 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 36.8 points in the last five on the road. The total has gone over in four of the past five Baltimore Ravens games at Paycor Stadium.
Cincinnati Bengals VS Baltimore Ravens Betting trends
- Cincinnati Bengals have covered the spread in five of their last six games at Paycor Stadium.
- In five of the Baltimore Ravens’ last six games, the total went under
NFL Power Rankings Week of 16 2022, Cincinnati Bengals VS Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals Form
The Cincinnati Bengals closed their regular season in a great run of form after making it eight wins in a row by beating the Baltimore Ravens 27-16 last week, leaving them 9-1 in their last 10 matches.
There has been no letup from the ever-impressive home offense, having put up 26.6 points on average across the last five matches. This leaves the Cincinnati Bengals with a regular season average of 26.1 points. Defensively, the hosts have the fifth-best unit of all 32 teams, allowing just 20.1 points on average and 18.0 points on their own ground.
The Cincinnati Bengals came within a whisker of Super Bowl glory in the previous football year, but after a 12-4 season they are not expected to come as close again despite winning the AFC North and their recent form.
Baltimore Ravens Form
The Baltimore Ravens fell to a second consecutive defeat in their regular-season finale when the Cincinnati Bengals beat them 27-16. The visitors are now 6-4 in their past ten games overall and 2-3 in the last five on the road.
The offense has struggled to click into gear across the last three matches, with the Baltimore Ravens putting just 20.6 points on board. On the defensive side of the ball, there has been no letup whatsoever. The visitors boast one of the stingiest defenses in the entire country, allowing just 18.5 points per game for this season, and have remained formidable in the past five games, having only given up 15.8 points on average.
While the Baltimore Ravens will be playing their playoff opener on the road, they shouldn’t be ruled out. The sixth-seeded visitors have high hopes for a deep postseason run—particularly after finishing second in the AFC North with a 10-7 record.
Cincinnati Bengals VS Baltimore Ravens H2H history
The total went under 43.5 points in the most recent encounter between these two sides in January 2023. The Cincinnati Bengals won the match 27-16 against the Baltimore Ravens at the Paycor Stadium. In the past five matchups, the Cincinnati Bengals claimed three wins against the Baltimore Ravens to go 3-2 in this series.
While the Cincinnati Bengals averaged 21.7 points, the Baltimore Ravens performed an average of 25.7 points in their ten most recent head-to-head games.