Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-2-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -1.5 -- Over/Under: 46
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens face off on Sunday in Cincinnati in an AFC North NFL Week 8 rematch of a game played in week 1.
The Cincinnati Bengals got off to a 3-0 start but they have two losses and a tie in their last three games and have slipped in the standings. QB Andy Dalton leads the Bengals offense completing 64 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill are each averaging 4.3 yards per carry and they have seven rushing touchdowns between them but the offense has struggled with A.J. Green which has left Mohamed Sanu as the leading receiver followed by Jermaine Gresham. The Cincinnati defense is 18th in the NFL in points allowed but 31st in yards allowed with a plus four turnover ratio. Reggie Nelson has 44 tackles, Terrance Newman has 36 tackles, and Carlos Dunlap has four sacks. With injuries to key players like Green and Vontze Burfict the Bengals are hoping to get healthy soon.
The Baltimore Ravens have won five of their last six games to move into first place in the AFC North. The Ravens offense is averaging 27.6 points per game and 387.1 yards that puts them in the top 25 percent in the NFL. QB Joe Flacco appears to only be getting better completing 63.7 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Justin Forsett has become the main option in the backfield averaging 5.8 yards per carry with three touchdowns while Steve Smith has 38 catches and Owen Daniels has 27 receptions. The Ravens defense is the best in the NFL in points allowed at 14.9 per game while allowing 345.9 yards. C.J. Mosely has 63 tackles, Daryl Smith has 58 tackles, and Elvis Dumervil has 7.0 sacks. The Ravens are looking like Super Bowl contenders.
Cincinnati is 6-2 against the spread following a loss, 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 home games, and 5-2 against the spread following a loss by more than 14 points. Baltimore is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games, 1-3-1 against the spread against the AFC North, and 1-4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The home team has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
We have to figure the Bengals will be playing many of the players who have been out during their recent downturn but these look to be two teams moving in opposite directions and I like the Ravens here.
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