With identical 8-6 records, the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals are currently tied atop their division, making Week 16’s clash in Cincy a crucial matchup for the two playoff hopefuls. The Ravens are currently mired in a slump, while the Bengals have had their fair share of highs and lows of late. Which team will seize control of the AFC North following their highly-anticipated battle on Sunday?
NitroBetting is ready to equip its bettors with all the latest previews and odds for Week 16 of the 2021 NFL season. This time, we look at the pivotal AFC North divisional showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. Find out more about the teams and the key players, event information, the latest odds, and of course, helpful betting trends and expert betting predictions.
NitroBetting is ready to equip its bettors with all the latest previews and odds for Week 16 of the 2021 NFL season. This time, we look at the fascinating NFC matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons. Find out more about the teams and the key players, event information, the latest NFL odds, and of course, helpful betting trends and expert betting predictions.
Ravens vs. Bengals Game Information
We've made the following roster moves:— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 21, 2021
– Placed LB Joe Bachie on the Reserve/Injured list.
– Signed LB Keandre Jones from the practice squad to the active roster.
– Signed LB Tegray Scales to the practice squad.
– Returned LB Clay Johnston to the active roster.
- When: Sunday, December 26, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
- TV: CBS
- Radio: 98 Rock WIYY (Ravens) / WLW Cincinnati 700 AM (Bengals)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Ravens (+2.5) / Bengals (-2.5)
Why Bet on the Baltimore Ravens?
Make that three straight losses now for the Baltimore Ravens, who were one two-point conversion shy of upsetting the Green Bay Packers in Week 15. The Ravens opted to go for the win instead of guaranteeing that the game go to overtime, which resulted in them losing a heartbreaker to the league’s best team thus far, 31-30.
On the bright side, backup quarterback Tyler Huntley was cool under pressure, throwing for 215 passing yards and two touchdowns in his second NFL start. Huntley also led all Baltimore players that afternoon with 13 carries, 73 rushing yards, and two more trips to the end zone with his feet. This is comforting news for the Ravens, who are still winless in their last two games without former MVP Lamar Jackson (ankle) running the offense.
Apart from Huntley needing to exceed expectations for another week, Baltimore’s defense will need to step up in aid of the team’s young play-caller. The Ravens have a middle-of-the-pack defense this season and are the second-worst team in the league when it comes to forcing turnovers with just 11 takeaways this season. This stop unit allowed a season-high 41 points during their Week 7 loss to the Bengals in their first of two meetings this season.
Why Bet on the Cincinnati Bengals?
Snapping their two-game losing streak, meanwhile, are the Cincinnati Bengals, who hung on to win a hard-fought defensive battle against the Denver Broncos this past weekend, 15-10. And thanks to Baltimore’s loss that day, the Bengals are back atop the AFC North standings for the time being by virtue of having the tiebreaker over the Ravens due to their aforementioned win in Week 7.
Although Cincinnati mustered up just 249 yards of offense against a stout Denver defense, the team played error-free football for the first time since their Week 4 victory over lowly Jacksonville. The team still has a minus-three point differential for the season, which means the offense led by Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon has got to make up for the team’s lack of takeaways on defense.
Burrow has been a mixed bag under center. The former Heisman Trophy-winning QB has a touchdown pass in all but one of his starts this season but has also thrown 14 interceptions already. Mixon, meanwhile, has been held to under 60 rushing yards without a trip to the end zone in his last two starts after going on a six-game tear wherein he amassed a whopping nine rushing TDs.
Ravens vs. Bengals Betting Trends
- The Ravens are 3-4 on the road this season (SU/ATS).
- The Ravens are 2-3 in the last five regular-season games as underdogs (5-0 ATS).
- The totals went under in five of Baltimore’s last six road games.
- The Bengals are 3-4 at home themselves this season (2-5 ATS).
- The Bengals are 1-5 in the last six meetings against the Ravens (3-3 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of Cincy’s last four homestands.
Ravens vs. Bengals Expert Betting Predictions
Although the Ravens are on a three-game slide, their performances have been quite admirable considering that Huntley, not Jackson, is currently running the offense. Then again, the Bengals do already have Baltimore’s number from earlier this season and are entering their upcoming clash with relatively better health. With those factors in mind, this AFC North battle could go either way, especially with the division lead at stake on Sunday.
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