Last Updated on January 13, 2023 9:04 pm by Erwin Noguera
This weekend begins the Wild Card games in the American and National Conferences of the NFL, where the teams seeded from 2 to 7 will face each other, with the team seeded number 1 having a bye week.
The teams that will rest on the first day of the playoffs will be the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Conference and the Philadelphia Eagles in the National Conference.
All teams now have the same opportunity to advance to the Divisional Round. Still, they will have to play games close to perfection to avoid being outplayed by their rivals.
In this wild card round, we will have a rematch between teams that met in week 18 of the NFL regular season, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.
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Why Bet on the Ravens
Suffering too much since Lamar Jackson’s injury, the Baltimore Ravens couldn’t fairly beat Cincinnati in the AFC North and ended up falling to one of the Wild Card spots.
John Harbaugh’s coaches have an apparent talent deficit in the aerial offense, but they rely on their usual virtues, ground attack, and one of the best defenses in the competition.
The Ravens finished third in defensive statistics in the entire NFL in points received per game with 18.5, while the offense was average on the season with 20.6 points per game.
The team’s running backs will have to step up in this game if the Ravens will ultimately be without quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Let’s remember that the last game of the regular season was also against the Bengals, and they were crushed with a score of 27-16.
Why Bet on the Bengals
On the other hand, we have the Cincinnati Bengals, the current runners-up of the league, who have a clear goal for this season, to surpass themselves and now be champions in Super Bowl LVII.
The Bengals arrive as one of the favorite teams in this Wild Card game. Although they could not take over the American Conference despite having an excellent 12-4 record, they arrived with a lot of confidence to finish with the Ravens and continue their way to Arizona next February 12.
The Cincinnati Bengals begin their defense of the AFC title in a 2022 season in which they came from less to more, but which ended up making them look as or more dangerous than the team that reached the last Super Bowl. Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and company want to repeat last year’s magic, and they have many arguments to get their hopes up.
Burrow, one of the best quarterbacks in the league, finished the regular season with a 68.3% pass completion rate for 4,475 yards and 35 touchdown passes. On the other hand, Ja’Marr Chase was his favorite receiver, having 87 receptions for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns.
Final Betting Analysis: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Although these two teams have met 54 times (Baltimore wins the series, 28-26), it has never happened in the Playoffs, so next weekend we will witness that first time.
At MyBookie.ag, we can see that there is a Moneyline that favors Cincinnati Bengals at -390, while Baltimore Ravens start at +310.
The Bengals have won three of their last four, and the Ravens still don’t know if they will be able to get back quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has missed four games due to a right shoulder injury.
For this game, our pick is a win for the Bengals, and in addition, we suggest the UNDER bet at 40.5.
Look for a straight win on the Moneyline Cincinnati Bengals. If you put $100 on the Bengals at -390, you’ll be looking at a $25.64 win with a total payout of $125.64.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Pick: Cincinnati Bengals.