The Cincinnati Bengals got off to a frustrating start to their season, losing the first two games as they defended their AFC title. But they have indicated that they are getting back on the right track.
The Baltimore Ravens’ frustration is of a different kind. They got off to a commanding 21-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins but lost the game. Last week they were leading by 17 points against the Buffalo Bills and lost THAT game as well. So they should be 4-0, yet they are 2-2, just like Cincinnati.
And that is the situation as these teams meet on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium. BetOnline customers can find Live Betting on this game (just look at the appropriate tab at the top of the sportsbook interface).
Here are the Sunday Night Football odds for this game:
Baltimore Ravens -3 (-114)
Cincinnati Bengals +3 (-106)
Over 47.5 Points -109
Under 47.5 Points -111
Cincinnati, on their way to the Super Bowl, made things very ugly for Baltimore in their two meetings last season. Joe Burrow just could not be stopped, throwing for 498 and 409 yards in two victories in which the Bengals scored 41 points in each. Ja’Marr Chase dominated the Ravens defense thoroughly. And it looks as if the Ravens are there to be dominated, as they rank 27th in the league in yards allowed per drive.
Is Cincinnati ready to get more explosive? Well, they don’t have any running game that works at the moment, as they are averaging 3.1 yards per carry. But it is the general consensus that the Bengals have as potent a trio of receivers as there is in the league. Chase is a very real possibility to exploit whoever is covering him. And if you are a defensive coordinator, you are challenged to figure out where you are going to turn your attention when you consider the talents of Tyler Boyd (16.8 yards per catch) and Tee Higgins (15.8).
M&T Bank Stadium has not exactly been a fortress for opposing teams. The Ravens have lost the last five games at home. But NFL betting fans are hoping they would show up for this one without thinking about how they screwed up last weekend.
Lamar Jackson has 316 yards rushing, which is far ahead of many teams’ #1 tailback (including Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon), and he’s got big-time connections not only with tight end Mark Andrews (260 yards) but also Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay, who have been developing as downfield threats with the design of coordinator Greg Roman.
Can the Bengals keep Burrow’s jersey clean? They have allowed only three sacks in the last two games, so that they might be progressing. And maybe, just maybe, the Ravens miss former D-coordinator Wink Martindale, who took the Job with the Giants. This comes out as a formula that could amount to a lot of points. OVER 47.5 is our play.