Free NFL Prediction: Bengals vs Ravens
Week 17 NFL betting sees the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Cincinnati Bengalson Sunday January 3rd at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NFL season long so stay tuned for more FREE NFL predictions.
Baltimore Ravens (5-10) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)
Date: Sunday January 3rd
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
ATS Betting Lines: Cincinnati -400
NFL Moneyline Odds: Cincinnati -9
NFL Betting Total: 41.5
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The Bengals look to rebound from their Monday Night Football loss as they essentially blew their chance at a first round bye.
Now they’ll attempt to gather some momentum heading into Wild Card Weekend as they welcome in the Ravens on Sunday.
Baltimore has had a season to forget with all the injuries that have piled up, but they did upset Pittsburgh last week and will look to take out another divisional foe this week to cap their season off.
The Ravens have a bit of an excuse for their failures this season, but they certainly had their chances. With their starters still uninjured, the Ravens had loss after loss early on this season.
Then, when they began to pick up some steam, the wheels completely fell off. One player after another continued to fall with an injury, leaving them with a completely different looking team heading into Week 17.
QB Joe Flacco, RB Justin Forsett, and WR Steve Smith SR. all went down with season ending injuries this year, leaving the Ravens in the hands of very inexperienced players and numerous back up QBs.
Last week it was Ryan Mallet, who was signed just a few weeks back. Mallet tossed for 274 yards to go along with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. It was Mallet’s best looking game in quite some time.
This is an important start for him as he has the potential to stay on as a backup next season to Flacco if he can win the job.
The Bengals had their chances to clinch a first round bye and not even have to worry about this game.
Now, they sit here in Week 17 looking ahead to what is likely a Wild Card matchup on Wild Card Weekend. Cincinnati blew a lead they held for a majority of the game and eventually fell in overtime to the Broncos as AJ McCarron fumbled a snap after the Broncos tacked on a field goal.
McCarron has done a nice job replacing Andy Dalton as he’s thrown for 674 yards and has 4 touchdowns to his credit. There was word that it could be possible to see Dalton back in the 2nd playoff game for Cinci, which makes not getting that first round bye that much worse.
Look for AJ Green to try to get things going and for the Bengals to target him early and often. Green has just 94 yards on 6 receptions over the past 2 games for the Bengals.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Ravens are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games in January.
- Ravens are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Ravens are 16-7-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Bengals are 37-18-3 ATS in their last 58 games overall.
- Bengals are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in January.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Cincinnati ATS
Even though the Ravens did beat Pittsburgh last week, this team doesn’t stand much of a chance here. Cincinnati knows they need a win here and cannot go flat into the playoffs.
NFL Free Score Prediction: Cincinnati 27- Baltimore 7
The Bengals defense puts a lot of pressure on Mallet and forces him into some tough passes as the Bengals roll here.
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