Can Baltimore snap a three-game losing streak? Can the Ravens score enough points so that coach John Harbaugh isn’t left debating whether to go for the two-point conversion or take his chances in overtime yet again?
Can Cincinnati beat the Ravens for the second time this season after trouncing them 41-17 on Oct. 24? Is this team truly ready to establish itself as the team to beat in the AFC North?
Those questions and plenty of others will be answered to some degree at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday (CBS) when the teams meet in Cincinnati. At most sportsbooks, the Bengals are laying 3 points with a total of 45 or 45.5 as of the morning of Dec. 23.
To enhance your enjoyment of that game, here are a few of the notable prop bets you might want to wager on.
Ravens Vs. Bengals Prop Bets
Ravens First Drive Ends In A Turnover (+550 at Caesars Sportsbook)
The Ravens have turned the ball over at least once in 11 of 14 games, though they did break a six-game turnover streak in Sunday’s loss to Green Bay. But if you think the Ravens might be pressing early to set the tempo, this is worth considering.
Bengals To Win By 19-24 Points (+1300 at BetMGM)
Cincinnati won by 24 points at Baltimore in October. The question here is whether you think that was a fluke or a sign of things to come in the rematch.
Both Teams To Score 25+ Points (+380 at DraftKings)
Unlike many late-December games, the weather is not expected to be an issue in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Bengals haven’t been clicking offensively of late as they had earlier in the season, but that doesn’t mean QB Joe Burrow and the offense can’t get on a roll. The Ravens scored 30 against the Packers — a sign of things to come or just a fluke?
Ravens Vs. Bengals Preview And Pick
This game loomed large on the schedule for the Ravens and the Bengals for quite some time. And, for a stretch, it was shaping up as a game with the potential to determine the top seed in the AFC. But a lot has changed since Nov. 28.
While winning consecutive games despite scoring just 16 points in each contest may have raised a few red flags, the Ravens were 8-3 after beating the Browns and had a one-game lead over the Bengals in the AFC North. The Bengals reached 7-4 that day with a convincing win over the Steelers, and then the wheels seemingly fell off for both teams.
Baltimore has lost three consecutive games, and there’s little consolation in the fact two of those losses were by one point, with the other coming by two points. Entering Week 16, the Ravens (8-6) find themselves out of the playoffs, because they lose the tiebreaker to Cincinnati in the division and the tiebreaker to the Bills for the final wildcard.
With QB Lamar Jackson’s status still up in the air for Sunday due to an ankle injury, it’s easy to write off the Ravens, but they did score 30 points against the Packers with Tyler Huntley at the helm. That said, the Bengals are a team on the rise, and they’ll win the game by at least a field.