Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction, 1/3/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 17
Game: Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati +11.5
Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens (10-5) travel to Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday where they'll meet the Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1). Cincinnati opens this game as 11.5-point dogs. The total opens at 43.5.
The Baltimore Ravens step onto the field holding a record of 10-5 for this year. In their last game they went up against the New York Giants and earned the win by a score of 27-13. Lamar Jackson went 17/26 with 183 yards passing and threw 2 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Gus Edwards led the team in rushing for that game. He broke a long run for 32 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He scurried for 85 yards by way of 15 carries which gave him an average of 5.7 yards per carry. Mark Andrews led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 76 yards on 6 receptions. He averaged 12.7 yards per reception for that game. The Baltimore Ravens ran the football 40 times and racked up a total of 249 yards which earned them an average of 6.2 yards per carry. Overall, they ran 66 plays for 432 yards. In the game, the Ravens racked up 25 1st downs and they had 10 penalties for 65 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Baltimore allowed 24 completions on 41 attempts totaling 215 yards, and a completion percentage of 59.0%. Against the run, the Ravens allowed 54 yards on 12 carries which is an average of 4.5 yards per run allowed. Overall, they gave up 269 yards but went the whole game without forcing a turnover.
When talking about putting points on the board, the Baltimore Ravens have an average of 28.7 PPG. As a team they're averaging 177.8 yards via the ground game giving them a rank of 1st in the National Football League. The Ravens have tallied 5,285 total yards for the year. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Baltimore has compiled 24 touchdowns via the pass and 22 rushing touchdowns. Regarding yards through the air, the Ravens have conceded 3,488 yards which has them sitting in 14th in the league. Over the course of this season, they have relinquished 338.7 yards per contest which has them sitting 9th in the league. The Ravens are ranked 4th in the NFL in relation to team defense, allowing 20.0 PPG. The opposition is running for 4.4 yards per rushing attempt and 106.2 rushing yards per game for the season. Over the course of their 15 games played this season, they have yielded 232.5 yards per contest through the air in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 65.0%. During the season, they have given up 1,593 yards via the ground game in 15 contests.
The Bengals come into this matchup with a record of 4-10-1 for this season. In their last game they took on the Houston Texans and earned the victory by a score of 37-31. Samaje Perine paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 46 yards and he tallied 2 touchdowns for the game. He ran for 95 yards on 13 carries which means he ran for an average of 7.3 yards per run. Tee Higgins was the receiving yardage leader by earning 99 yards on 6 receptions. He had an average of 16.5 yards per catch for that contest. Brandon Allen went 29/37 with 371 yards through the air and added 2 TD's. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ran the ball a total of 33 times and added 169 yards giving them an average of 5.1 yards per run. On the day, the Bengals got 27 first downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 35 yards. Overall, they totaled 71 plays for 540 yards. In terms of defense, Cincinnati gave up 24 completions on 33 attempts totaling 322 yards, and a completion percentage of 73.0%. Overall, they gave up 488 yards and forced 1 turnover. Against the run, the Bengals gave up 166 yards on 17 carries which means they had an average of 9.8 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
Regarding this team's ability to score points, the Bengals sit 27th out of all teams in the NFL with an average of 20.5 points per outing. Over the course of the season to this point, the Bengals currently sit at 3,400 passing yards as well as holding an average of 226.7 passing yards per game, ranking them 23rd in the NFL. They have an average of 101.4 run yards per game and have run for 1,521 yards in total. The Cincinnati Bengals have an average of 328.1 yards per outing which is good for 28th out of all teams in the NFL. When it comes to passing yardage, the Bengals have given up 3,738 yards which puts them in 23rd in the National Football League. In total, they are allowing 380.1 yards per game which puts them 22nd in the league. The Bengals rank 20th in the league when it comes to team defense, conceding 25.7 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt and 130.9 yards on the ground per game this season. In their 15 games played this year, they have surrendered 249.2 yards per outing via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 63.0%. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 1,964 rushing yards through 15 outings.
Who will win tonight's Ravens/Bengals NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Bengals +11.5
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