Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview – NFL Week 5, 2020
The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off their first win of the season, but staying on the winning path will be an impossible mission. They head to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in Week 5 to take on the Baltimore Ravens who had no problems to beat Washington in the previous round.
The Ravens are massive favorites to win this clash, but I still expect to see a very interesting battle between two AFC North foes. The divisional fights are always special in the NFL, so here’s my best Bengals vs. Ravens betting pick for Sunday, October 11, 2020.
Bengals vs. Ravens Odds
Baltimore opened as a huge 13.5-point fave on Bovada sports, and I’m not surprised by a massive spread. The Ravens are one of the strongest Super Bowl contenders in the AFC, while the Bengals are considered as the weakest side in the AFC North.
Cincy beat Jacksonville 33-25 in Week 4, and Joe Burrow had another good game. The No. 1 pick from the previous draft tossed for 300 yards, a TD, and an interception while completing 69.4% of his passing attempts.
Over the first four weeks, Burrow has proved that he’s ready to play with big boys. The Bengals are 1-2-1 after their first four contests, but their schedule becomes tough in October. After a trip to Baltimore, Cincinnati will visit Indianapolis before hosting another divisional rival, the Cleveland Browns.
At the moment, the Bengals are 16th in the league in points allowed per game (24.8) and 24th in total yards surrendered (401.5). They are scoring 24.8 points in a return (20th in the NFL) on 364.3 total yards per game (also 20th).
The Ravens bounced back from a heavy 34-20 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, outlasting the Washington Football Team 31-17 as 13.5-point favorites this past Sunday. Lamar Jackson threw for 193 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception while scoring once on his own.
Baltimore ran for 144 yards, and once again, Lamar led the way with seven carries for 53 yards. Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram combined for 17 totes and 72 yards, while the Ravens are now 4th in the league in rushing yards per contest (160.8).
They score 30.5 points per game (7th) on just 341.5 total yards (25th) which tells you how efficient the Ravens were this season. On the other side of the ball, Baltimore allows only 18.3 points (3rd) on 367.5 total yards per game (17th).
Bengals vs. Ravens Pick
The Ravens showed some serious defensive flaws in Week 3, but you have to be Patrick Mahomes to take advantage of it. Joe Burrow possesses tremendous talent, and I cannot wait to see him in action against Baltimore, but the Bengals won’t have enough firepower to keep it close.
Cincinnati’s run defense allows 158.5 yards per game (28th), so the Ravens will have a field day. The hosts have so many powerful weapons on the ground, and I’m backing them to cover a 10-point spread.
The Bengals have struggled defensively against much weaker teams than Baltimore. Their front seven will have a mountain to climb in this one, and I don’t see how they think to slow down Lamar Jackson and Baltimore’s ground game.
The Ravens are only 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings with the Bengals, but Baltimore is 11-3-1 ATS in its previous 15 games overall.
Baltimore Ravens (-13.5)-110