Thursday Night Football: Bengals Host the Ravens

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Bengals and Ravens in Early AFC North Showdown

The Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals meet at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night. This early season AFC North Showdown could have playoff implications. It was the Bengals who ended the Ravens chances at a playoff birth in 2017.

Oddsmakers opened the Ravens as -3-point favorites versus the Bengals, while the game’s total opened at 43. The line is now Baltimore -1 and the total is 44.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC and NFL Network

Coach John Harbaugh did his best to downplay the notion of revenge. Harbaugh maintains that his focus will be on defeating a fierce division opponent. More-so than facing the club that ended the Ravens’ playoff aspirations in 2017 with a last-minute touchdown in the season finale.

“You always want to redeem yourself as best as you can, certainly, but it’s not going to factor into who wins the game. It’s not going to matter in the outcome,” Harbaugh said of a perceived revenge factor. “You still have to play better than your opponent on that day, and that’s really what we have to focus on. You could easily get all wrapped up in that and get distracted from what matters, which is going out there Thursday night and playing well.”

Bengals Started the Season Well

Andy Dalton overcame an early interception on Sunday. He went on to complete 21 of 28 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns. This led Baltimore to a 34-23 season-opening victory over Indianapolis.

Cincinnati isn’t worried about expanding the workload of Joe Mixon. He had 22 carries and collected 149 yards from scrimmage (95 rushing, 54 receiving) on Sunday.

Mixon’s performance drew rave reviews from teammate A.J. Green. He said that the second-year running back belongs in the same class as Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley and Pittsburgh Steelers stud Le’Veon Bell.

Green had six receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Colts on Sunday. He was limited to just seven catches for 91 yards total in a pair of games versus the Ravens last season.

Preston Brown is optimistic he’ll play on Thursday despite sustaining an ankle injury in the season opener.

Ravens Started the Season off Like They Wanted

Baltimore played well in its season opener on Sunday. New Ravens receivers Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead each caught a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco. It led to a convincing 47-3 romp over Buffalo.

Alex Collins has been plagued by fumbles throughout his brief NFL career. Harbaugh made it a point to bench the running back after he put the ball on the ground in the second quarter of the opener.

Collins joined fellow running backs Javorius “Buck” Allen and Kenneth Dixon by finding the end zone. Backup quarterback Lamar Jackson added 39 yards on the ground against the Bills. Dixon’s availability for Thursday’s contest is in question as he nurses a knee injury.

Baltimore‘s defense made a statement in the opener. They permitted the fewest points and yards (153) in the league while recording six sacks and two turnovers.

PREDICTION: Ravens 27, Bengals 17

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Baltimore 1-0 1-0 47.00 3.00 44 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0
Cincinnati 1-0 1-0 34.00 23.00 11 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Name Offense Defense Differential
BAL 7.85 51 -43.15
CIN 9.71 16.52 -6.82

Yards Per Pass

Name Offense Defense Differential
BAL 9.69 6.36 3.33
CIN 10.90 7.82 3.08

Yards Per Rush

Name Offense Defense Differential
BAL 3.44 3.77 -0.33
CIN 5.05 3.41 1.64
Team Records

Baltimore Ravens

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 47.00 3.00 44.00
vs Conf 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 47.00 3.00 44.00
vs Div 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 47.00 3.00 44.00

Cincinnati Bengals

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 34.00 23.00 11.00
vs Conf 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 34.00 23.00 11.00
vs Div 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 34.00 23.00 11.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 47.00 2 23.00 13
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 34.00 5 3.00 1
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Baltimore 3-7 4-6 4-5-1 19.30 86.40 3.56 43.80 58.45 222.60 309.00 1.80
Cincinnati 7-3 6-4 4-5-1 22.50 109.20 3.78 36.30 58.13 242.00 351.20 1.90

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Dec 31, 2017 CIN BAL 31-27 146 213 359 1 118 194 312 1
Sep 10, 2017 BAL CIN 20-0 157 111 268 1 77 144 221 5
Jan 1, 2017 BAL CIN 10-27 72 263 335 2 153 218 371 0
Nov 27, 2016 CIN BAL 14-19 64 261 325 2 92 219 311 1
Jan 3, 2016 BAL CIN 16-24 59 282 341 2 145 147 292 0
Sep 27, 2015 CIN BAL 28-24 86 372 458 2 36 362 398 1
Oct 26, 2014 BAL CIN 24-27 107 187 294 2 111 239 350 2
Sep 7, 2014 CIN BAL 23-16 79 301 380 0 91 329 420 2
Dec 29, 2013 BAL CIN 17-34 47 175 222 3 111 281 392 4
Nov 10, 2013 CIN BAL 17-20 120 244 364 3 85 104 189 3

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Baltimore Ravens

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 9, 2018 BUF 47-3 W -7.5/38.5 W/O 117 252 369 83 70 153 -1 H
Dc 31, 2017 CIN 27-31 L -8/39.5 L/O 118 194 312 146 213 359 0 H
Dec 23, 2017 IND 23-16 W -13.5/40.5 L/U 103 220 323 93 203 296 0 H
Dc 17, 2017 CLE 27-10 W -6.5/42 W/U 97 279 376 130 136 266 -4 A
Dec 10, 2017 PIT 38-39 L 6/43 W/O 152 261 413 59 486 545 1 A

Cincinnati Bengals

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 9, 2018 IND 34-23 W -1/47.5 W/O 101 229 330 75 305 380 0 A
Dc 31, 2017 BAL 31-27 W 8/39.5 W/O 146 213 359 118 194 312 0 A
Dec 24, 2017 DET 26-17 W 3/43 W/P 142 222 364 87 189 276 0 H
Dc 17, 2017 MIN 7-34 L 12.5/42 L/U 46 115 161 124 222 346 1 A
Dec 10, 2017 CHI 7-33 L -6/40 L/P 70 164 234 232 250 482 2 H

Next up:
Baltimore home to Denver Sunday, September 23
Cincinnati at Carolina Sunday, September 23

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