Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens face off on Sunday in Cincinnati in a battle of AFC North playoff teams. The Bengals are -3 point favorites over the Ravens with an over/under point total set at 43. The Cincinnati Bengals wrapped up a Wildcard spot in the AFC with their win last week over the Pittsburgh Steelers but they don’t have much to play for here as they can’t win the division. The Bengals made it to the playoffs last season losing in Houston and they would like to take it a few steps further this year. Andy Dalton has emerged as a reliable QB completing 62.2 percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions while being sacked 44 times. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been the answer in the backfield averaging 3.9 yards per carry with six touchdowns but he has clearly gotten stronger as the season has gone on and he is playing his best football right now. A.J. Green has 95 catches for 1,324 yards and 11 touchdowns, Jermaine Gresham has 64 catches and five touchdowns, and Andrew Hawkins has 48 catches. Defensively Cincinnati has allowed 20.2 points per game, 100.6 rushing yards, and 216.9 passing yards with 13 interceptions and 47 sacks. Rey Maualuga has 112 tackles, Vontaze Burfict has 109 tackles, and Geno Atkins has 13 sacks. The Bengals will need some kind of momentum in the playoffs as a trip to New England or Denver is a most likely scenario for them next week. The Baltimore Ravens looked like they were stumbling down the stretch but they broke out of their slump and pounded the Giants to clinch the NFC North last Sunday. The Ravens have been a team on a mission all season with their single goal being to go to the Super Bowl. Joe Flacco has completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while being sacked 34 times. Ray Rice has averaged 4.5 yards per carry with nine touchdowns and he has caught 61 passes. Anquan Boldin has 65 catches, Dennis Pitta has 61 catches, and Torrey Smith has 49 catches. Defensively the Ravens allow 21.4 points per game, 127.9 rushing yards, and 233.9 passing yards with 13 interceptions and 35 sacks. Dernard Pollard has 98 tackles, Dannell Ellerbe has 86 tackles, and Jameel McClain has 79 tackles. The Ravens have decided not to use Ray Lewis until the playoffs and with more of an aging team we might see several players see limited action or not play at all. Cincinnati is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games against the AFC, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-7-2 against the spread in their last 10 games against the AFC North. Baltimore is 2-5-1 against the spread following a win, 1-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 3-1-1 against the spread following a win by more than 14 points. Baltimore is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games in Cincinnati. The Bengals have a lot more to play for and keeping the momentum going is important for them and look for that to be enough to get them a cover here. Pick Cincinnati Bengals -3 Baltimore Ravens

December 26, 2012 by : Posted in NFL, Sportsbook No Comments

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