Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) vs. Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
October 24, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -6.5 ; Over/Under: 47.5
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The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals meet Sunday in week 7 NFL action from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Cincinnati is coming off a big win over the Lions this past weekend. As for the Ravens, they posted a 28-point win over the Chargers in their last appearance. Check back all season long for free NFL picks at Sports Chat Place.
Cincinnati kicked off their year with an OT win over the Vikings and a three-point loss to the Bears. The Bengals have since won three of their last four outings, falling to the Packers in overtime while otherwise taking out the Steelers 24-10, the Jaguars 24-21 and the Lions 34-11.
In the win over the Lions last weekend, Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow tossed 271 yards and three TDs on 19-of-29 passing. Joe Mixon led the rushing attack with 94 yards on 18 carries, and Ja’Marr Chase was the top team receiver with four catches for 97 yards.
Over on the Ravens’ side, they lost their opener this season 33-27 to the Raiders, but since then Baltimore has won five straight. Those wins have come 36-35 over the Chiefs, 19-17 versus the Lions, 23-7 over the Broncos, 31-25 (OT) over the Colts and 34-6 over the Chargers.
In the big victory over the Chargers last weekend, Baltimore managed to score in every quarter. QB Lamar Jackson had 167 yards with a TD and two picks, and Devonta Freeman had 53 yards and a TD rushing. Mark Andrews added 68 yards and a TD off five receptions.
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The Bengals are 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last six after an ATS Win. Cincinnati is 0-4 ATS in their last four after a straight-up win as well.
Meanwhile, the Ravens are 8-1 ATS in their last nine versus the AFC North and 6-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Baltimore is also 8-3 ATS in their last 11 versus the AFC.
PICK: I’m going to try the Bengals here. Cincinnati is coming off a solid game versus Detroit, with 398 total yards, 20 first downs and 10-of-17 on third- and fourth-down tries. The Bengals held Detroit to just 228 total yards on the other side, along with 15 first downs and a 3.7-yard average.
As for the Ravens, they gave up just 208 yards to the Chargers in their last outing and held the edge in most statistical categories. Baltimore also played a nice, clean game with just two penalties. This should be a pretty fun matchup, and I think Cincinnati can get in there on a cover.