Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction, 1/8/2023 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 18
Game: Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Bengals (-6)
The Cincinnati Bengals (11-4) will try to beat the Baltimore Ravens (10-6) at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. Baltimore opens this game as 6-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is 43.
The Baltimore Ravens come into this matchup with a record of 10-6 for this year. In their last contest, the Ravens faced the Steelers and took a loss by a final of 16-13. Tyler Huntley went 14/21 with 130 yds through the air and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 79.5 and ended the game with 1 interception. Mark Andrews had an average of 11.1 yards per catch by accumulating 100 yards on 9 catches. J.K. Dobbins was the rushing leader for the Ravens with 17 totes for 93 yds (5.5 yds per carry). In all, they ran 50 plays which gave them 240 yds. The Baltimore Ravens ran the ball 28 different times and totaled 120 yards, which came out to an average of 4.3 yds per attempt. On the ground, the Ravens conceded 198 yds on 41 tries, which is 4.8 yards per run allowed. Baltimore gave up 15 pass completions on 27 attempts for a total of 153 yards, and a completion rate of 55.6%.
Regarding scoring points, the Baltimore Ravens are averaging 20.9 PPG. As a team they are averaging 163.1 yards on the ground which ranks them 2nd in the National Football League. The Ravens have attained 5,374 total yards this season. Baltimore has accumulated 137 1st downs as a team, and they have been called for 77 penalties for 656 yds. They have surrendered the football 17 different times (11 picks and 6 fumbles). When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Baltimore has earned 19 passing touchdowns and 13 touchdowns on the ground.
The Ravens are sitting in 3rd in the league regarding their opponents scoring, allowing 18.0 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.9 yards per rushing attempt and 94.4 rushing yards per game over the course of this year. Over the course of this year, they have allowed 1,511 yards via the ground game in 16 games. Regarding yards through the air, the Ravens have surrendered 3,745 yards which has them ranked 24th in the NFL. They have yielded 234.1 yards per game via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 67.0%. Overall, they are conceding 328.5 yards per game ranking them 11th in the National Football League. They have yielded 19 touchdowns by air and 10 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Bengals step onto the field holding a record of 11-4 for this season. The last time they stepped on the football field, the Bengals got the win with a final of 22-18 when they played the Patriots. Joe Burrow (3 TDs) finished the game with 375 yds on 40/52 passing while his QB rate was 99.4. He had 2 interceptions and his avg yards per attempt was 7.2 yards. Tee Higgins was one of the featured targets for the Bengals, hauling in 8 passes for 128 yds (16.0 yards per reception). Joe Mixon ran the football 16 times for 65 yds, walking away from the contest with 4.1 yds per carry for Cincinnati. The Bengals finished the contest with a total of 442 yards while running 78 plays (5.7 yards per play). Cincinnati ran the ball for 3.0 yards per carry, totaling 73 yds on 24 attempts. Cincinnati relinquished 16 attempts on the ground for 61 yds (3.8 yards per rush). The Bengals pass defense gave up a completion rate of 63.6%, relinquishing 224 yards on 21 for 33 through the air.
Regarding the points being put on the board, the Bengals rank 7th in football maintaining an average of 24.9 PPG. For the year to this point, the Bengals have thrown for a total of 4,038 passing yards in addition to an average of 252.4 passing yards per game, which has them ranked 7th in football. They hold an average of 92.1 rushing yards per game and have run for 1,473 yards for the season. The Cincinnati Bengals hold an average of 344.4 yards/outing which has them sitting 15th in the NFL. The Cincinnati offense has 588 penalty yds on 78 infractions, which is 27th in the league in terms of giving up free yards. They have thrown 12 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 5 fumbles and they have been able to earn 209 first downs.
The Bengals are conceding 19.3 PPG, ranking them 5th of all teams in the NFL. They have surrendered 17 touchdowns through the air and 211.8 yards/game, which has them ranked 15th in the league. This season, they have conceded 309 total points. Cincinnati has conceded a total of 1,596 yards on the ground (99.8 yards/game) in addition to 11 touchdowns via the rush this year. The Bengals defense taken the field for 921 plays, which is 1st in the league. They have 20 turnovers (9 fumbles and 11 picks) on the season.
Who will win tonight's Ravens/Bengals NFL game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Bengals -6 and over 43 total points
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