Ravens at Bengals - 10/26/14 NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-2-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals +1 -- Over/Under: 45.5 See the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals will play Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens have won two straight and are looking to run away with the AFC North. Joe Flacco is completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Flacco has thrown seven touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and the Ravens have won six straight when he’s thrown at least two touchdowns. Steve Smith and Torrey Smith have been the main guys on the receiving end of those passes, as they’ve combined for more than 900 yards, eight touchdowns and 17 catches of 20 or more yards. Tight end Owen Danielsis expected to miss this game with a knee injury. The Ravens ground game is averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and Justin Forsett leads the way with 503 yards and three touchdowns. Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce have combined for four touchdowns. Defensively, the Baltimore Ravens are allowing 14.9 points, 345.9 yards, and they’ve forced 10 turnovers and 15 sacks. C.J. Mosley leads the Ravens with 63 tackles and Elvis Dumervil has seven sacks.
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The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won a game since week 3 and their defense has been absolutely brutal. Defensively, the Bengals are allowing 23.3 points, 416.7 yards, and they’ve forced 10 turnovers and 10 sacks. The Cincinnati Bengals have allowed 107 points in their last three games. Reggie Nelson leads the Bengals with 44 tackles and Carlos Dunlap has 3.5 sacks. Offensively, A.J. Green is listed as doubtful for this matchup. Andy Dalton is completing 64 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and three interceptions. Dalton has thrown zero touchdowns in two of his last four games. The Bengals ground game is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and Giovani Bernard leads the way with 401 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The Ravens are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC North and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bengals are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 8. The Ravens are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Cincinnati.
Simply put, the Cincinnati Bengals are heading in the wrong direction, while the Baltimore Ravens are slowly starting to look like an AFC contender. Until the Bengals can prove they can turn things around and actually play defense, Baltimore has to be the pick here.