Last Updated on September 15, 2023 8:15 pm by Erwin Noguera
The NFL season is starting to get some speed, and we just started the second week of the season after the Thursday Night Football match, but now, we are going to wait until Sunday to get some of the upcoming and exciting match-ups.
The one matchup we are looking towards will be the opener for our Sunday, and that is the clash between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens, hosted by the former.
Cincinnati Bengals come into this match after being completely steamrolled by the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, taking a 24 to 3-point beating at the start of their season.
The Baltimore Ravens came completely in the opposite situation, as they were the ones to hand a 25 to 9 beating to the Houston Texans to kickstart their season and get their momentum going.
Now, we are just about to start breaking down all the factors that you’ll want to know to bet on this clash.
Sunday, September 17th at 11:00 am ET at the Paul Brown Stadium
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Why Bet on the Bengals?
After being embarrassed by the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, the Bengals risk going 0-2 in the AFC North with the 2023 season barely underway. Cincinnati’s offense was unrecognizable in the 24-3 defeat. Joe Burrow completed 14 of 31 passes for a meager 82 yards. Tee Higgins didn’t have a single catch and Ja’Marr Chase was limited to 39 receiving yards.
Week 1 was an aberration for the Bengals. Burrow and the offense can’t play that poorly for much longer. But Cincinnati’s ugly performance does raise some questions about the team’s 2023 outlook.
Why Bet on the Ravens?
The Ravens defense made it a nightmare debut for C.J. Stroud in a dominant win against the Houston Texans. That was with Lamar Jackson not having a shining performance and the backfield taking a big blow with the loss of J.K. Dobbins.
The Ravens, unfortunately, already suffered some significant injuries and the most concerning are along the offensive line.
Final Betting Analysis: Bengals vs. Ravens
With Baltimore’s devastating injury to RB JK Dobbins, Cincinnati has a great opportunity to bounce back. The Ravens are also without star CB Marcus Peters, which is great news for Burrow and his trio of WRs. As much as Baltimore is known for great defense, their passing defense specifically can be exposed.
We may not have seen that in Week 1, but they were also the biggest favorites of the entire opening week playing the Houston Texans at home.
Burrow linking up with WR Ja’Marr Chase is simply too dominant, and the Ravens’ secondary doesn’t have the depth to cover him, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. However, what Baltimore does have is new weapons for Jackson to throw at.
Joe Burrow and company show why they remain a title contender, and the Bengals defense can hold off Lamar Jackson enough for their fifth win in the last six meetings between each other.
Go for a straight win for the Moneyline Cincinnati Bengals. If you bet $100 at -170, you will gain $58 for a total payout of $158.