The Baltimore Ravens (5-1 SU, 3-3 ATS) open divisional play this week to battle for the AFC North’s top spot. They’ll host the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS), who have been one of the surprise teams of 2021. The winner of Sunday’s contest will take early control of the division and solidify its standing as a playoff contender. Opening lines at online sportsbooks installed the Ravens as home favorites. Here are the Ravens vs Bengals betting odds.
|Spread||BAL -6||BAL -6.5||BAL -6.5|
|Money Line||BAL -280, CIN +240||BAL -290, CIN +248||BAL -280, CIN +225|
Momentum remains on the Ravens’ side after shrugging off the Los Angeles Chargers with apparent ease. They closed as 3-point favorites before winning by a final tally of 34-6.
The Ravens have won five in a row following their opening week stumble against the Las Vegas Raiders. They’re 3-2 against the spread over that span as they had to win ugly on a couple of occasions, but the best teams find ways to prevail even when they aren’t clicking on all cylinders.
Speaking of streaks, the Ravens have won their last five against the Bengals. They covered in three of those contests, including 38-3 and 27-3 blowouts in 2020.
Growing Up Before Our Eyes
The Bengals haven’t had a winning season since 2015, but their days serving as the AFC North’s whipping boy may be on hold. Their schedule up to this point hasn’t been a murderers’ row of competition, but their two losses — at the hands of the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers — came by a combined six points.
There is no doubt Cincinnati will enter this matchup with the “underdog” tag, but it is situated to be a major thorn in Baltimore’s side.
Led by second-year quarterback Joe Burrow, the Bengals have relied on a balanced offense. Running back Joe Mixon will be asked to do a lot of the heavy lifting against a traditionally stout run defense, and when it’s time to take to the air, rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will be Burrow’s top target. Chase has been targeted by Burrow 41 times — tops on the Bengals — and he’s produced a 27-553-5 line. The Ravens have uncharacteristically given up the eighth-most passing yards per game, so Chase should have his chances.
It’s the defensive side of the ball that’s been most impressive for Cincinnati, though. It is ranked No. 7 in defensive DVOA and has held opponents to the fifth-fewest points per game (18.5). The Bengals will need to find a way to contain quarterback Lamar Jackson, though. Jackson has accounted for nine touchdowns (one rushing) in his last three games against the Bengals.
Considerations For Ravens Vs Bengals Betting Odds
As of Tuesday morning, prospective bettors had a few different options they could consider for Ravens vs Bengals betting odds.
A number of online sportsbooks opened with the Ravens laying 6.5 points, but the line has moved half a point in both directions since then.
PointsBet moved to the key number 7, while multiple shops, including Caesars, DraftKings, and WynnBet, are dealing the Ravens at -6. Those looking to back the home side could find the best value at market-making book Circa, which moved the line to 5.5.
The Ravens are on quite a roll right now, but the style points haven’t always been present. Divisional showdowns — especially in the AFC North — can turn into rugged and mucky slugfests, often making it tricky to pin down a side for the spread. Money line value has increased on the Ravens, though. FanDuel, for instance, adjusted their opening number of BAL -310 to BAL -270.