Baltimore Ravens (10-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals +11.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals face off with Baltimore Ravens Sunday in a week 17 AFC North division matchup from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH.
The Baltimore Ravens will look to win and earn a playoff spot after improving to 10-5 on the year with a 27-13 win over the New York Giants in their last outing. Lamar Jackson has thrown for 2,644 yards, 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 64.8% passing while also leading the Ravens in rushing with 908 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. Gus Edwards has 663 rushing yards and 6 scores and J.K. Dobbins has 645 rushing yards and 7 scores as well while Marquise Brown leads Baltimore’s receiving group with 728 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. Mark Andrews has a team-high 54 catches for 674 yards and a team-high 7 TDs while Willie Snead IV has 432 receiving yards and Miles Boykin and Devin Duvernay each have 200+ receiving yards for the Ravens this season. On defense, Patrick Queen leads Baltimore with 102 total tackles including 64 solo tackles and 3 sacks while Marlon Humphrey has a team-high 69 solo tackles and Matthew Judon leads Baltimore with 6 sacks this season. Marcus Peters and Tyus Bowser each have 3 INTs for Baltimore’s defensive unit this season.
The Cincinnati Bengals will try to play spoiler and finish the season on a high note after improving to 4-10-1 on the year following a 37-31 win over Houston last time out. Brandon Allen has thrown for 877 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 69.4% passing while Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard each have 400+ rushing yards and 3 touchdowns for the Bengals’ ground attack this season. Tee Higgins leads Cincy’s receiving group with 908 receiving yards and 6 scores while Tyler Boyd has a team-high 78 grabs for 840 yards and 4 TDs and A.J. Green has 523 receiving yards this season as well. On defense, Vonn Bell leads Cincinnati with 111 total tackles while Jessie Bates III has a team-high 73 solo tackles as part of his 101 total tackles this season in addition to 3 interceptions while Carl Lawson has a team-high 5.5 sacks on the year.
Baltimore is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 division games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games in January. Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 division games. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I’ll give Cincinnati credit for not folding when Joe Burrow went down for the year, but the fact is that a win here does nothing for the Bengals but give themselves a bit of pride and optimism heading into next year, but it also hurts their draft positioning. Baltimore needs a win here as it’s crucial for their playoff hopes and simply put, I think the Ravens get it here with relative ease so I’ll lay the points with the Ravens in this spot.