Cincinnati vs Baltimore Odds & Expert PickJosh Bailey
The Baltimore Ravens are in total control of their playoff destiny. If they beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17, they’ll punch their ticket to the playoffs. If they lose, they’ll need some help. The Week 17 NFL betting odds favor Baltimore by 10-points over Cincinnati. The over/under is 40.5.
Cincinnati vs Baltimore Odds & Expert Pick
Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Baltimore Ravens (9-6)
When: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:25 PM ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
NFL Odds: Baltimore -10
Bet Cincinnati over Baltimore because…
Cincinnati looked completely lifeless and I expected them to go out with a whimper over their final few games, but guess what? The Bengals showed up in a big way in Week 16 to snap a three-game skid and beat a completely Detroit team 26-17 to end the Lions’ postseason hopes last weekend. Of course, the Bengals were also shut out in their 20-0 home loss against Baltimore on Sept. 10, so there’s also that.
Bet Baltimore over Cincinnati because…
Baltimore has won two straight and five of their last six games to put themselves in great shape to reach the playoffs. The Ravens got past the Indianapolis Colts 23-16 last weekend to put themselves into a great position to reach the playoffs and quarterback Joe Flacco looks like a different player from the one that started off the season looking like a richer version of Brock Osweiler.
Cincinnati vs Baltimore NFL Week 17 Expert Pick
The Ravens have an excellent defense that ranks fourth in points allowed (18.1 ppg), but surprisingly, Baltimore has scored more than its generally modest offense averages this season as they also rank ninth in scoring at 24.5 points per contest.
With the Ravens being better than the Bengals on both sides of the ball and having a ton of motivation to win this game and secure a postseason berth, I think it’s a virtual lock that they win this game outright. However, I’m still not feeling a huge double-digit win in this one and the underdog in this rivalry has gone 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. Cincinnati has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games against their AFC counterparts while Baltimore has gone 0-4 ATS in their last four home games against a team with a losing road record.
Pick: Cincinnati +10