Last Updated Oct 09, 2022, 8:07 PM

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Picks, Predictions, Odds

The fifth Sunday of regular season NFL action will conclude with a heavyweight AFC North showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. Coverage begins from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.


The Ravens posted a 2-2 split in their first four matchups of the season, however, Baltimore’s .500 record certainly doesn’t tell the full story, as Jon Harbaugh’s squad led by 17+ PTS late in both of their losses to Buffalo and Miami. In the end, they lost those two games, but if the Ravens actually hung on to win those contests, this Baltimore squad would be sitting on quite the pedestal after averaging 29.8 PPG on 359 YPG across a potential 4-0 start, while also forcing a league-high 10 turnovers on the defensive side; but it’s probably unfair to jump to conclusions based on a would’ve, could’ve, should’ve scenario.

The Bengals, on the other hand, stumbled out to a surprisingly slow start after their impressive trip to last year’s Super Bowl, as Cincinnati opened with a pair of head-scratching losses to Pittsburgh and Dallas, while averaging just 18.5 PPG and turning the ball over five times across those affairs. However, Cincy looked much better against injury riddled squads in Weeks 3 and 4, as the Bengals cruised to double-digit victories over the Jets and Joe Flacco and the Dolphins and Teddy Bridgewater.

Last season, Joe Burrow and co. carved up Baltimore’s defense for 41 PPG on 548 YPG in a pair of blowout victories for the Bengals. However, the Ravens were riddled by injury on both sides of the ball in those matchups, and Baltimore already looks exponentially better than the 8-9 squad we saw last year. I’ll back the Ravens here, as the Bengals have played decent football since their miserable 0-2 start, however, it’s tough to put much credence into wins over Miami and New York squads led by backup quarterbacks.

Score Prediction: Ravens 30, Bengals 20
Best Bet: Ravens -3.5 (-105)


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Date: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022
Matchup: AFC North
Venue: M&T Bank Stadium
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Time-TV: NBC, 8:20 p.m. ET


The Bengals posted an incredibly disappointing start after coming just three points shy of hoisting last year’s Lombardi Trophy, as the reigning AFC Champs dropped their first two matchups of the season against the Steelers and Cowboys, making Cincinnati just the sixth team in the Super Bowl era to start 0-2 immediately following a trip to the big game.

The Bengals bounced back in their following two affairs, as Cincy scored 27 PPG on 351 YPG and turned the ball over just once across a pair of comfortable double-digit victories over the Jets and Dolphins. However, Cincy’s O-line still has tons of work to do, considering Burrow has already taken 16 sacks through Week 4, which is the third-worst mark in the league ahead of Washington and Indianapolis.

The Ravens are 0-5 SU in their last five home games. (Getty Images)


Baltimore was seemingly doomed by health issues before last season even started, as all three of the Ravens’ top running backs went down with season-ending injuries prior to their Week 1 matchup against the Raiders. Baltimore barely missed a beat though, as the Ravens stormed out to an impressive 8-3 start despite the injuries continuing to pile up, especially on the defensive side. However, Lamar Jackson’s ankle injury was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back, as the Ravens limped to the finish line with six straight losses quarterbacked by Tyler Huntley or Josh Johnson.

The Ravens are pretty much back to full strength at this point, and they’ve looked like an elite squad for most of their first four contests, but they really need to nail down an effective strategy for finishing games, as Baltimore coughed up 17-point leads in the second half of both losses this season.


  • The Bengals are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of Baltimore's last six games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine straight Bengals' games.
  • The Ravens are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games.
  • The Bengals are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games.
  • The Bengals are 6-3 ATS in their last nine matchups against Baltimore.
  • The Ravens are 0-5 SU in their last five home games.
  • The Bengals are 2-5 SU in their last seven matchups against Baltimore.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five straight Bengals' road games.
  • The Bengals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against Baltimore.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the last nine matchups between the Ravens and Bengals.
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