Thursday, September 13 at 8:20 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
The Baltimore Ravens renew their division rivalry with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. Jazz Sportsbook favors the Ravens by 1 point and the total has been set at 44.
The Ravens are coming off a 47-3 blowout win over the Bills on Sunday. The Baltimore defense didn't let Buffalo get a first down until the middle of the third quarter when the game outcome of the game was already decided.
The Ravens held Nathan Peterman to 11 of 33 for 70 passing yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, sacking them three times apiece. The Buffalo ground was practically non-existent, as they rushed for just 83 yards on carries.
Joe Flacco completed 25 of 34 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns and rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson saw limited action and finished with one completion in four attempts for 24 passing yards while adding 39 yards on the ground.
The Ravens weren't effective running against the Bills, rushing for 117 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries and they will need to do a better job on the ground if they want to beat the Bengals.
Cincinnati struggled against the pass in Week 1, so Baltimore will likely air it out, taking advantage of Flacco's new weapons, wide receivers John Brown, Willie Snead and Michael Crabtree, who finished with a touchdown each against Buffalo.
The Bengals opened the season with a 34-23 road win against the Colts despite struggling to take care of the ball. Andy Dalton completed 21 of 28 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception at the Cincinnati seven-yard line, which Indianapolis failed to capitalize on.
A.J. Green caught six passes for 92 receiving yards and one touchdown but he lost a fumble the Colts converted into a touchdown. Their turnovers didn't cost them much against Indianapolis but Cincinnati has to protect the ball better or they will have a hard time against a talented Baltimore team.
The secondary struggled too, giving up 319 passing yards and two touchdowns to Andrew Luck, who was playing his first regular season game since January 1, 2017. The Bengals have to play better defense against the pass or Joe Flacco will burn them.
Joe Mixon played very well against the Colts, rushing for 95 yards with one touchdown on 17 carries and he should get more touches as Cincinnati tries to wear down the Baltimore defense.
The Over is:
6-1 in Baltimore's last seven road games against a team with a winning home record
5-1 in Baltimore's last six games against a team with a winning record
4-1 in Baltimore's last five games following a straight up win
7-2 in Baltimore's last nine games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game
9-4 in Baltimore's last 13 games overall
4-0 in Cincinnati's last four games against AFC North opponents
4-1 in Cincinnati's last five games following a straight up win
The Bengals moved the ball well against the Colts but their defense gave up a few big plays. The Ravens exploded against a weak Bills team and their defense looked better than it really is against a struggling quarterback like Nathan Peterman.
Cincinnati will be without talented linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who is still suspended and starting linebacker Preston Brown is questionable with an ankle injury. Look for both teams to put up enough points in an easy over.
NFL Pick: Over 44 (-110) at Jazz Sportsbook
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