Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens - 9/13/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
NFL Football: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals +1 -- Over/Under: 44 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals meet Thursday in NFL action at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens look for their third straight 2-0 start to a season after abusing the Buffalo Bills, 47-3. The Baltimore Ravens have split their last eight road games. Joe Flacco is completing 73.5 percent of his passes for 236 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Flacco has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Willie Snead IV and John Brown have combined for 93 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Nick Boyle has three receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 117 yards per contest, and Kenneth Dixon leads the way with 44 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing three points and 153 yards per game. C.J. Mosley leads the Baltimore Ravens with five tackles, Tavon Young has two sacks and Tony Jefferson has one interception.
The Cincinnati Bengals look for their first 2-0 start since the 2015 season after beating the Indianapolis Colts, 34-23. The Cincinnati Bengals have won four of their last six home games. Andy Dalton is completing 75 percent of his passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Dalton has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 12 games. A.J. Green and Joe Mixon have combined for 146 receiving yards and one touchdown while Tyler Eifert has three receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 101 yards per contest, and Mixon leads the way with 95 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 23 points and 380 yards per game. Nick Vigil leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 11 tackles, Geno Atkins has one sack and Preston Brown has one interception.
The Ravens are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 vs. AFC North. The Bengals are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. AFC, 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games in September and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Ravens are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 meetings in Cincinnati, the underdog is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Cincinnati Bengals have beaten the Baltimore Ravens in eight of the last 11 meetings, so getting a free point with Cincinnati at home is kind of nice. The Bengals consistently have one of the better rosters in the league, and it's just a matter of somebody being able to get the results to match that talent. Beating the Colts on the road and getting consistent offense was a nice start. The Baltimore Ravens had arguably the best showing in week 1, but the Buffalo Bills at home is much different than the Bengals on the road with short rest. I also usually favor the home team in these Thursday night games, as the quick turnaround and the lack of preparation makes for weird results and simply poor football. Give me the Bengals at home in this toss-up division game.