Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/29/13
Baltimore Ravens (8-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (10-5)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens face off on Sunday in Cincinnati for what could be a meaningful game when it comes to the AFC Playoffs.
The Cincinnati Bengals have clinched the AFC North title and a home playoff game but with a win and a New England loss they would get a first round bye and the number two seed in the AFC. Then Bengals have made the playoffs the past two seasons but they are looking to break through with a win this year. Andy Dalton has completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has rushed for 690 yards and seven touchdowns and Giovanni Bernard has rushed for 673 yards and he has 51 receptions. A.J. Green has 94 receptions for 1,365 yards and 10 touchdowns and Marvin Jones has 46 catches and nine touchdowns. Vontaze Burfict has 157 tackles and 3.0 sacks, Rey Maualuga has 72 tackles, and Wallace Gilberry and Carlos Dunlap have 7.5 sacks each. The Bengals offense is averaging 26.4 points and 366.8 yards per game while defensively they are allowing 19.2 points and their opponents average 311.1 yards per game. The Bengals have shown the ability to beat anyone on any given day.
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The Baltimore Ravens are going to need to win and then they are going to need help if they are going to make the playoffs this season. The Ravens need Miami to lose or they will be eliminated and will not be defending their Super Bowl crown. Joe Flacco has completed 58.9 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. The Ravens running game has been disappointing with Ray Rice rushing for 645 yards but catching 51 passes out of the backfield and Bernard Pierce rushing for 408 yards. Torrey Smith has 62 receptions and Marlomn Brown has 44 catches but after trading Anquan Boldin and then Jacoby Jones miss a good chunk of the season the Baltimore passing game ahs struggled as well. Daryl Smith has 118 tackles and 5.0 sacks, James Ihedigbo has 94 tackles, and Terrell Suggs as 79 tackles and 10 sacks. The Ravens simply lost too much from last years team to make a legitimate run at repeating.
Cincinnati is 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 home games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 4-10-2 against the spread against the AFC North. Baltimore is 19-7-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 2-5-1 against the spread against the AFC North, and 1-4 against the spread following a double-digit home loss. Baltimore is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.
The total in this one is at 44.5 but I can see it going higher and the game still going over and the over is my free pick. I also have a pick on who will cover the spread that I will post in the Premium Area as well as on the App.