Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Baltimore Ravens (9-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -10 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Ravens look for a pivotal home field victory with a playoff spot on the line as they welcome the Cincinnati Bengals to town on Sunday.
The Bengals have had a disappointing campaign and are coming off a loss last weekend dropping them to 6-9 on the season and now they take to the road for their season finale against an angry Ravens side who is playing for their postseason lives. Cincinnati got off to a very slow start and ended up firing their offensive coordinator and while it helped in the short term the Bengals have stumbled down the stretch and have a handful of things to sort out in the offseason. The Bengals have done decently well against the number this season and have covered in their last four against the AFC but they will have their work cut out for them here against Baltimore who is clinging to the final wild card spot in the conference.
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The Ravens meanwhile have turned things up to finish off the season and while they have fallen short of the Steelers for top spot in the AFC North they are still in the running for a playoff spot and if they can get a victory here they would jump into the postseason and send the Buffalo Bills to the showers. Baltimore’s defense has been excellent again this season and while the offense is anemic, especially through the air, they have the talent to pull off a win or two in the playoffs and as we have seen in years prior there is a winning pedigree under John Harbaugh. Baltimore has covered in 12 of their last 16 against divisional opponents but the line here is quite steep as the Bengals have nothing to lose and would love to play spoiler.
The Bengals are 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 in December while the Ravens are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games against a team with a losing road record and have played to the under in seven of their last 10 at home. This line is way too high as the Ravens should get the win but a double digit victory against a team playing for nothing in a divisional game is a bit too much, especially with Baltimore’s offense being in the state it is.