Bengals vs. Ravens Total Pick
Will bitter rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens put together another physical, low-scoring matchup when they collide today at 1PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
455 Cincinnati Bengals at 456 Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, November 18, 2018
1PM ET – M&T Bank Stadium
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Ravens are favored at home currently, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Bengals. The over/under total is listed at 44 points. The public betting for this game currently has 54 percent going on the Bengals on the road.
Ravens on a skid
The Ravens are coming off a 23-16 loss at home to Pittsburgh two weeks ago and had their bye since. Baltimore has lost three straight games coming into this week. The Ravens are 4-5 overall, 4-5 against the spread and 6-3 with the under. They have hit the under in six of their last seven games.
Baltimore is struggling on offense as of late, averaging 23.7 points and 376.2 yards per game for the season. They come into this week with a lot of QB issues as Joe Flacco is doubtful to play with a hip injury and rookie backup Lamar Jackson has been dealing with a stomach virus. If both are unable to go, it would be Robert Griffin III that would get the start. Flacco has thrown for 2,465 yards and 12 touchdowns this year while Jackson has thrown for 87 yards and rushed for 139. John Brown is the team’s leading receiver with 34 catches and 601 yards. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing just 17.8 points and 324.7 yards per game. They have 28 sacks as a unit.
Bengals defense struggling
Cincinnati is coming off a 51-14 thrashing at the hands of the Saints last week for their third loss in four games. The Bengals are now 5-4 overall, 4-5 against the spread and 6-3 with the over. They have hit the over in their last two games.
The Bengals are struggling on defense this year, giving up 32 points and 464.7 yards per contest. Their pass defense is giving up 323.4 yards per game. Offensively, Cincinnati is putting up 26.1 points and 354.6 yards per game. They could be without their top weapon, as AJ Green is dealing with a toe injury that has him doubtful to play today. Green has 687 receiving yards and six touchdowns this year. Quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for 2,255 yards and 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Joe Mixon is the leading rusher with 570 yards. He is expected to play today despite a knee injury.
NFL Betting Trends
The Ravens have hit the under in five straight conference games and in seven of their last eight games in November.
The Bengals have hit the over in five of their last six division games, but have hit the under in 13 of their last 17 games in November.
These two hit the over in their first meeting this year, but I think the points will be much harder to come by today. Baltimore is going to have some questions with a new starting quarterback and the playbook could be limited if Jackson gets his first start. Cincinnati isn’t good on defense, but the Bengals should be able to handle a first-time starter. Baltimore’s defense will need to step up today if the Ravens are going to win and I suspect they will against a Bengals offense without their top weapon in AJ Green.
NFL Prediction: Bengals/Ravens Under 44