The Baltimore Ravens put a dent on the Steeler Nation’s playoff hopes last week. This week, they hope to do the same to another AFC North opponent in the Cincinnati Bengals. A win by the Ravens will force the Bengals to play in the opening week of the playoffs, something they don’t want to do with the Red Rifle on the shelf.
How To Bet The Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 17 Odds
The NFL week 17 betting spread has the Cincinnati Bengals as 9-point favorites to beat the Baltimore Ravens. If you are betting on the moneyline straight up then the Ravens pay 300 on 100 while the Bengals pay 360 on 100. The game total is 42.5. The game kicks off on FOX this Sunday, January 3rd at 1:00 PM ET from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
What: Baltimore Ravens (5-10) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)
When: Sunday, January 3, 2016
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
Spread: Bengals -9
Moneyline: Baltimore +300 vs Cincinnati -360
Game Total: 42.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Baltimore vs Cincinnati
Why Bet The Baltimore Ravens at +9 Over the Bengals Odds
The Baltimore Ravens are a disappointing 5-10 straight up and 4-9-2 against the spread this season. Untimely injuries derailed their playoff hopes. They average 20.5 points (23rd), 265.6 passing yards (8th) and 94.6 rushing yards (24th) per game. Last week, they upset the Steelers by 20-17 a score.
Under recently signed fourth-stringer QB Ryan Mallet (274 yards, 1 TDs & 0 INTs) the Ravens made timely. He posted a 95.0 passer rating in the win against the Steelers, completing 68.3 of his passes. Another solid audition on Sunday and Mallett could earn himself another chance to play his way into a starting gig next season.
The Ravens had a stellar game running the football against Pittsburgh last week, posting 121 rushing yards combined. Javorius Allen (123 att, 478 yards, 1 TD) was the top yard producer, recording 79 yards and one touchdown in 18 carries.
Rookie WR Kamar Aiken (70 rec, 868 yards, 5 TDs) is going to be a household name in the NFL. He’s averaging 12.5 yards per catch and has 49 catches, 32 more than the next active Raven.
Baltimore’s defense allows 25.1 points (22nd), 239.0 passing yards (17th) and 101.1 rushing yards (11th) per game. Daryl Smith has 118 tackles, and Elvis Dumervil has six sacks.
Why Bet The Cincinnati Bengals at -9 Over the Ravens Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals are 11-4 straight up and 12-2-1 against the spread this season. They average 26.3 points (4th), 251.7 passing yards (13th) and 110.7 rushing yards (14th) per game. The injury bug has hurt the Bengals over the last couple of weeks and they lost a critical game against the Broncos last week by a 20-17 score in overtime.
After fracturing his right thumb two weeks ago, the Bengals are doing everything they can to speed up QB Andy Dalton’s (3250 yards, 25 TDs & 7 INTs) healing process, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, but the bone hasn’t fully healed yet. NFL Media’s Mike Silver reported that Dalton’s cast could be removed as early as Tuesday.
#Bengals QB Andy Dalton gets scans every week, team has tried to accelerate healing. But bone isn't healed through yet. Not a good situation
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2015
Backup QB AJ McCarron (694 yards, 4 TDs & 2 INTs) has looked good but unexperienced in filling in for Dalton and making news worse is that he may not be available for week 17 after spraining his left wrist in OT last week versus the Broncos. Rapoport reported Monday that McCarron’s left wrist sprain is significant. However, since it’s on his non-throwing hand, he’s intent on going. The Bengals will not be sure whether to start McCarron until later this week.
#Bengals QB AJ McCarron's wrist sprain is significant, I'm told. Since it's the left, he's intent on going. Won't know for sure until later
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2015
Cincinnati’s third quarterback is Keith Wenning, a second-year player out of Ball State, who has never taken a snap in the league. The Bengals also signed quarterback Mike Kafka to their practice squad.
The good thing for whoever suits up under center for teh Bengals is that they will be throwing to wideouts A.J. Green (82 rec, 1263 yards, 9 TDs) and Marvin Jones (60 rec, 778 yards, 4 TDs). Word on if TE Tyler Eifert (48 rec, 564 yards, 12 TDs) will be back after missing the last two games due to a concussion is sketchy.
To win this game the Bengals will need to lean on their running game which has often struggled this season after being rock steady last season. Between the rushing duo of Jeremy Hill (207 att, 698 yards, 10 TDs) and Giovani Bernard (148 att, 694 yards, 2 TDs) the Bengals have averaged 80.0 rushing yards per game in their last three outings.
Cincinnati’s defense allows 17.5 points (1st), 246.0 passing yards (20th), and 94.5 rushing yards (7th) per game. Vincent Rey has 94 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has 13.5 sacks, and Dre Kirkpatrick has 15 deflected passes.
Betting Trends & Stats Related To This Matchup:
9/7/2014: Cincinnati won 23 to 16, Cincinnati covered +1.5, Game came under 42.5
10/26/2014: Cincinnati won 27 to 24, Cincinnati covered +3, Game went over 44.5
9/27/2015: Cincinnati won 28 to 24, Cincinnati covered +2, Game went over 45.5
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction:
Cincinnati has had their way with Harbaugh’s team as of late, winning five of the last six games, including four straight. The Bengals came to Baltimore in Week 3 and Andy Dalton was responsible for four touchdowns in the game. A.J. Green continued his run of dominating the Ravens secondary, racking up 227 yards and two touchdowns on 10 receptions.
Can the Ravens pull off an upset two weeks in a row? I doubt it. Cincinnati has a better defense than the Steelers and I expect AJ McCarron to start with his the injury only affecting his non-throwing hand.