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Ravens vs Bengals Odds - Baltimore will strafe poor Bengals pass "D"

Posted by Stan Simmons on 11/2/2009 2:52:37 PM
NFL bettingRavens vs Bengals odds play a massive role in the AFC North standings. Cincinnati is tied for first with Pittsburgh at 5-2 while the Ravens trail closely behind at 4-3. They met earlier this season in Week 5, when the Bengals escaped with a last-second, 17-14 victory. Now Baltimore is searching for payback.

Ravens vs Bengals odds: Ravens -3 (Total 43.5)

  • WHAT: NFL Week 9 matchups
  • WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Paul Brown Stadium
  • KEY STAT: Cincinnati has the NFL's second-worst pass defense
  • PICK: Bengals -3

Ravens vs Bengals odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
It's been a rollercoaster ride in Baltimore this season. The Ravens' brilliant 3-0 start was almost completely wasted by a three-game losing streak. Coming off a bye, Baltimore got back on track by crushing the previously undefeated Broncos 30-7.

Cincinnati enjoyed its bye week last Sunday, and it must have been a pleasant one: the Bengals absolutely whipped the Bears 45-10 heading into the break, as Cedric Benson continued his impressive emergence as a legitimate No. 1 running back.

Ravens vs Bengals odds maker breakdown: Offense
Benson was left for dead by the Bears, but he's turning into a star in Cincy. His 37-carry, 189-yard performance against Chicago was a Tour de Force and Benson ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing. There's better news for betting fans: Carson Palmer looked the best he has since tearing up his knee a few seasons ago by absolutely torching the Bears (20/24, five touchdowns).

Baltimore's offense has been strong this year but had a very grinding day against Denver. It still managed 30 points (though seven came on special teams), largely thanks to Ray Rice. Rice recorded 108 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown which, at this point, is almost ho-hum for him. Quarterback Joe Flacco had a quiet but efficient day, but he has 12 touchdowns to just five picks on the year.

Betting Edge: Even

Ravens vs Bengals odds maker breakdown: Defense
Until last week, the edge most certainly would have gone to the Bengals, who are allowing 18.3 points per game. The Ravens, meanwhile, were struggling to get the job done after losing defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to the Jets in the offseason.

Those struggles were completely forgotten on Sunday when Baltimore held Denver to just 200 total yards—including 66 on the ground after allowing 309 in its last two games. The Bengals defense, on the other hand, is ripe for the picking. Cincy is allowing 253 yards per game in the air, second worst in the NFL. Perhaps Week 8 was an aberration, but for now, you have to like Baltimore on defense if you are sports betting.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Ravens vs Bengals odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Imposing defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has a sprained ankle, though it's not expected to keep him out of the lineup; Baltimore needs him against Benson, though. Bengals rookie tackle Andre Smith could make his return this week after breaking his foot. The Cincy backfield is a little banged up with Bernard Scott and Jeremi Johnson suffering injuries.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Ravens vs Bengals odds for total: 43.5
The last time these teams met, it was a knock 'em down slugfest, with Cincinnati prevailing 17-14. With Baltimore's defense back on track, which could bring down the score, but both offenses are humming along the past few weeks. It's going to be close, but you're better off going with the hot hands—the playmakers—and taking the over.

Pick: OVER 43.5

Ravens vs Bengals betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
Which team is Baltimore? The one that started 3-0, or the one that crumbled and dropped three straight games? Last week, the Ravens thoroughly dominated a very good Denver team. Baltimore isn't going to dominate the Bengals, but it has the passing game necessary for torching Cincinnati. Bet on Baltimore to keep building momentum and knock off the Bengals.

STAN'S PICK: Ravens -3

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