Ravens vs Bengals NFL Week 2 Odds for Thursday Night

Ravens vs Bengals NFL Week 2 Odds for Thursday Night

Written by on September 11, 2018

The comparatively short length of the NFL season, when compared to other professional leagues, makes it abundantly clear that every single game is important. Getting off to a winning start is important, as history has shown that digging an early hole very often makes the playoffs a much more difficult goal to attain. Getting the drop on a division rival early in the year is also good, as it can set the tone for what is to come to the rest of the way. The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals both picked up wins in the opening week of the season, while also seeing the Steelers and Brown playing to a tie. It now goes without saying that the winner of this one seizes early control of the AFC North, which can sometimes put pressure on the chasing pack. The Ravens won big in the opening week, while the Bengals picked up a big road win. It is Baltimore who comes into this one as a slight 1-point favorite, with the point total for this game set at 44.

Ravens vs Bengals NFL Week 2 Odds for Thursday Night

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Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 23°C/74°F
  • Humidity: 81%
  • Precipitation: 3%
  • Cloud Cover: 19%
  • Wind: 4 mph NNE
  • Stadium Type: Open

Why bet on the Baltimore Ravens?

The Ravens have long been a team known for their exploits on the defensive side of the football, but it has been their offensive struggles that have held them back in recent seasons. Dropping 44 points on the Buffalo Bills in the opening game of the season is certainly reason to be pleased, but no-one is getting too carried away. The Bills were unable to get anything done when they had the ball, and not just because of the play of the Ravens D. In short, Buffalo looked bad from top to bottom and may well be among the worst in the league. This will be a much tougher test for the Ravens and one that they have not done well in, going 2-7 SU in their last 9 visits to Cincinnati. They are also just 4-10 SU in their last 14 road games overall and are 3-6 ATS in those previous 9 visits to Cincy.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 47.00
  • Total Yards: 369.00
  • Rush Yards: 117.00
  • Passing Yards: 252.00
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 3.00
  • Total Yards: 153.00
  • Rush Yards: 83.00
  • Passing Yards: 70.00

Why bet on the Cincinnati Bengals?

The Bengals have been a team in decline for the past few seasons, so getting off to a positive start with a road win in Indianapolis in Week 1 is a step in the right direction. While a road win is always good in this league, there was still some cause for concern, most notably giving up over 300 yards through the air to Andrew Luck. Ravens vs Bengals should be a tough one for the home team. The Bengals went into Indianapolis as a 3-point underdog, which is a label they seem to enjoy, especially when being installed as the dog at home. In the last 10 home games were the bookies had the Bengals in as the underdog, they have gone 7-3 SU and 8-1-1 ATS, which would appear to make them a very good bet here.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 34.00
  • Total Yards: 330.00
  • Rush Yards: 101.00
  • Passing Yards: 229.00
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 23.00
  • Total Yards: 380.00
  • Rush Yards: 75.00
  • Passing Yards: 305.00

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Latest Ravens vs Bengals NFL Week 2 Betting Trends

  • Baltimore is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Baltimore is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Baltimore’s last 13 games
  • Cincinnati is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Cincinnati is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Ravens vs Bengals

While all the trends and stats would appear to point towards a Cincinnati win and cover, I think I am going to go in the other direction. I certainly think we are in for a tight, low-scoring game here, but I am on the Ravens to win and cover, and I also like the UNDER 44. Score: Baltimore Ravens 20 – Cincinnati Bengals 17