Ravens vs. Bengals Spread Prediction
The Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys will meet for a preseason matchup tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 42 points, will the two teams combine to fall under the number?
8:20 p.m. ET, Thursday, September 13, 2018
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Bengals are 1-point favorites to beat the Ravens. The total, meanwhile, sits at 45 points. As of this writing, 68% of the public betting tickets are on the Ravens to cover the point spread.
Joe Flacco completed 25-of-34 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns in Baltimore's Week 1 game against Buffalo. Flacco carried his strong preseason into Week 1. He threw all his touchdowns in the first three quarters before getting rested in a blowout. Flacco has had an Alex Smith fire lit under him after the Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson and looks primed for a rebound with an improved supporting cast. He'll get the Bengals on Thursday Night Football in Week 2.
Andy Dalton completed 21-of-28 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Bengals' Week 1 win over the Colts. Dalton was mostly sharp, keeping his eyes downfield when pressured and hitting A.J. Green and John Ross for scores. Green's TD came from 38 yards out on a bomb, and Ross' from three yards away on an end-zone fade. This is the best supporting cast Dalton has been surrounded by since the 2015 season, when he finished as a top-seven quarterback in fantasy points per game. Dalton will be a mid-range QB2 in a tough Week 2 matchup with Baltimore, however.
NFL Betting Trends
The Ravens are 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 games versus the rest of the AFC North.
The Bengals are 7-2 against the number in their last nine games overall.
The line movement is interesting in this matchup. The Bengals opened as a 3-point home underdog but despite nearly 70% of the betting tickets being on the Ravens, the line has moved to Cincinnati -1. This indicates sharp action on the home team as public bettors have overvalued Baltimore following its destroying of a horrendous Buffalo team a week ago. The Ravens are just 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 games versus the Bengals in Cincinnati.
NFL Week 2 Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals -1