Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Predictions, Odds, Picks

Oct. 24, 2021
Joe Williams
VI Betting Expert

The Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) and Baltimore Ravens (5-1) meet at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland for a key AFC North Division battle in Week 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game can be viewed on CBS.

Score Prediction

Ravens 23, Bengals 20

Best Bets

Bengals +6.5


Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Predictions

The Ravens were expected to be competing for the top spot in the AFC North, led by 2019 NFL MVP QBLamar Jackson. The Bengals have been a perennial doormat lately, but they have been able to keep QBJoe Burrow upright and healthy thanks to an improved offensive line, and he is showing what he can do when he is 100 percent.

The Ravens lost to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1 in overtime, gutted out a win in prime time over the Kansas City Chiefs in a game which could have went either way, and then they probably should have lost to the Detroit Lions in Week 3. A historic field goal and a missed delay of game helped them to a victory.

They pounded the Denver Broncos, then again needed Superman heroics against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night in Week 5. On a short week, they came back in another marquee game and absolutely waylaid the Los Angeles Chargers at home in their most impressive game of the season.

Looking at common opponents, while the Ravens barely scraped by the lowly Lions, the Bengals routed the Lions last week by a 34-11 score. Two of Cincinnati’s six games have ended up going to overtime, and four of six games have been decided by exactly three points.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds

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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Resources

  • Matchup: AFC North
  • Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021
  • Venue: M&T Bank Stadium
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • TV-Time: CBS - 1:00 p.m. ET

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Cincinnati Bengals Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 4-2
  • ATS: 3-3
  • O/U: 1-5
  • ATS - Home: 1-2
  • ATS - Away: 2-1

The Bengals have managed to go 3-3 ATS overall, including covers in each of the past two games on the road. Total bettors have really loved the Bengals lately, as the UNDER is a perfect 5-0 across the past five weekends after its only OVER of the season in Week 1.

Cincinnati’s offense has been in the bottom third this season, going for just 344.5 total yards per game to rank 21 st , while rushing for 106.2 yards per game to rank 20th. Burrow is decent, but they still have just 238.3 passing yards per game to rank 18th, while putting up 24.7 PPG to rank 12th overall.

The defense hasn’t been getting the credit perhaps they deserve. The Bengals D has been especially strong on the road in games against the Bears, Steelers and Lions, allowing just 13.7 PPG in three outings. Overall, Cincinnati ranks eighth in total yards per game allowed (331.0) and rushing yards per game allowed (90.5). And the Bengals are fifth in the league with just 18.5 PPG.

Baltimore Ravens Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 5-1
  • ATS: 3-3
  • O/U: 3-3
  • ATS - Home: 2-1
  • ATS - Away: 1-2

The Ravens offense has been amazing, going for 421.7 total yards per game to rank fourth in the NFL, and they’re also fourth in rushing offense with 155.2 yards per game. Baltimore ranks seventh in the league with 28.3 PPG, and they’re 11th with 266.5 passing yards per game. That will be the big challenge, Baltimore’s offense vs. Cincinnati’s defense.

Speaking of defense, the Ravens have allowed 359.3 total yards per game to rank 18th, and they’re 26th against the pass, yielding 277.3 passing yards per game. Baltimore is strong against the run, coughing up just 82.0 yards per game, and it has allowed just 20.5 PPG to check in seventh in the NFL.

Baltimore has really been strong against the number inside the division, going 8-1 ATS in the previous nine against AFC North foes. They’re also 5-1 ATS in the past six at home, and 6-1 ATS in the past seven against teams with a winning overall mark. However, the Bengals have really had their number at M&T Bank Stadium, covering five of the past seven trips to Charm City.

The Baltimore Ravens have won six straight home games. (AP)

Inside the Stats - Cincinnati Bengals

  • Record: 4-2
  • Division Standing: 2nd - AFC North
  • Points Scored: 148
  • Points Allowed: 111
  • PS/G: 24.7 (11th)
  • PA/G: 18.5 (5th)

Inside the Stats - Baltimore Ravens

  • Record: 5-1
  • Division Standing: 1st - AFC North
  • Points Scored: 170
  • Points Allowed: 123
  • PS/G: 28.3 (7th)
  • PA/G: 20.5 (7th)

Key Players to Watch

  • CIN: Joe Burrow - QB (123/174, 1,540 yards, 14 TD, 7 INT)
  • CIN: Joe Mixon - RB (111 carries, 480 yards, 3 TD)
  • BAL: Lamar Jackson - QB (131/194, 1,686 yards 9 TD, 5 INT)
  • BAL: Marquise Brown - WR (32 catches, 486 yards, 5 TD)

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Conclusion

I’d feel a lot better about the Bengals if they were catching a flat seven, or seven and a hook, and if you can buy an extra point or toss them into a teaser, I feel really good about Cincinnati. They have been able to keep it close, win or lose, all season.

Baltimore has won five straight games, and I don’t think Cincinnati is able to derail the win streak. However, the Bengals will be able to keep it close in a lower-scoring game. The UNDER is 3-1 in the past four games for Baltimore, and 5-0 in the past five for Cincinnati.

Bettors might not think defense first when considering the Bengals, but they have been surprising effective. It will be interesting to see if they can throw a blanket on Jackson and slow him down.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Trends

  • Baltimore has won six straight home games.
  • Baltimore has covered the spread in eight of its last nine divisional games.
  • Cincinnati has gone UNDER the point total in five straight games.
  • Baltimore has covered the spread in three straight games when facing Cincinnati
  • The point total has gone UNDER in three of the last four meetings.

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