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NFL Super Wild Card Weekend odds: How to bet Ravens-Bengals

By newadmin / Published on Thursday, 12 Jan 2023 19:54 PM / No Comments / 5 views

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All eyes will be on Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson when the Ravens (10-7) play at the Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) as the AFC North Division rivals meet Saturday in the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend.

Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, has missed the past five games with a knee injury. Coach John Harbaugh said he was unsure if Jackson will play Saturday, and backup Tyler Huntley sat out the regular-season finale with shoulder tendonitis.

The Ravens lead the all-time series 28-26, but the Bengals have won three of the past four, including a 27-16 decision on Sunday.

Here’s everything you need from a betting perspective on the Ravens-Bengals game, from the point spread, moneyline, total Over/Under and expert pick (odds via FOX Bet).

How should Ravens handle the Lamar Jackson situation?

Lamar Jackson’s status remains a question mark as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

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Ravens at Bengals (8:15 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC)

Point spread: Bengals -10 (Bengals favored to win by more than 10 points, otherwise Ravens cover)
Moneyline: Bengals -500 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $12 total); Ravens +300 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $40 total)
Total scoring Over/Under: 40.5 points scored by both teams combined

Pick via FOX Sports NFL Analyst Geoff Schwartz:

The Bengals enter the playoffs on an eight-game win streak, playing some of the best ball in the AFC. They are hosting the Ravens seven days after beating them in Week 18. And it appears the Ravens will be without Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley, which makes them the second playoff team to start a thirdstring quarterback. 

The Ravens have been without Jackson since they played the Broncos in Week 13. Since that 10-point offensive output, Baltimore has yet to score over 17 points. So I think wagering on the game Under, Ravens team total Under, and even the Bengals to cover would be fine. But I’m going to get a tad exotic for this one.

During the Bengals eight-game win streak, plus the now-canceled game against the Bills, the Bengals have scored first in seven of those nine. And when they score first, it’s usually on the opening drive. They’ve been lethal on opening drives. I’m going to wager on that trend to continue against the Ravens.

The Ravens will be featuring more starters on defense this weekend, but I still expect the same from Joe Burrow. A straight wager on the Bengals to score first is -175. That’s a tad heavy on the juice, so I’m going with the Bengals to score first and win the game, which is priced at -110.

PICK: Bengals to score first and win (-110 at FOX Bet)

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