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AFC Wild Card: Bengals vs Ravens 1/15/23 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Baltimore Ravens (10-7) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)
January 15, 2023 8:15 pm EDT
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -6.5 / Baltimore Ravens +6.5; Over/Under: 43.5
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The Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens square off Sunday night in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs NFL action at Paycor Stadium. The Baltimore Ravens look for their second playoff win since the 2015 season. The Cincinnati Bengals look for their fourth playoff win since last season.

The Baltimore Ravens have won 5 of their last 9 road games. Lamar Jackson is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Mark Andrews and Demarcus Robinson have combined for 1,305 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, while Devin Duvernay has 37 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 163.1 yards per contest, and Jackson leads the way with 764 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 18 points and 328.5 yards per game. Patrick Queen leads the Baltimore Ravens with 117 tackles, Justin Houston has 9.5 sacks and Marcus Williams has 4 interceptions.

The Cincinnati Bengals have won 6 straight home games. Joe Burrow is completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,475 yards, 35 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have combined for 2,075 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, while Tyler Boyd has 58 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 98.2 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 814 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 20.4 points and 332.3 yards per game. Logan Wilson leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 123 tackles, Trey Hendrickson has 8 sacks and Vonn Bell has 4 interceptions.

The Ravens are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 playoff games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bengals are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Ravens last 6 games overall. The under is 14-6-1 in Bengals last 21 games overall. The Ravens are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The road team is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings.

It’s not easy to beat the same team twice in as many weeks, but the Ravens are severely handicapped if Lamar Jackson can’t play. Heck, even if Jackson tries to give it a go, it’s been over a month since he’s practiced in any capacity. This isn’t an ideal spot where you get thrown into the fire after so much time down and out. The Cincinnati Bengals have been covering machines dating back to last season, and they haven’t lost a game since Halloween. We’re laying just under a full touchdown. Give me the Bengals.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Cincinnati Bengals -6.5

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