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

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NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Power Stats

Yards Per Point


Yards Per Pass


Yards Per Rush

Team Records

Baltimore Ravens

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf1-01-00-01-01-00-047.003.0044.00
vs Div0-00-00-00-00-00-
Last 31-01-00-01-01-00-047.003.0044.00

Cincinnati Bengals

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf1-00-01-01-00-01-034.0023.0011.00
vs Div0-00-00-00-00-00-
Last 31-00-01-01-00-01-034.0023.0011.00


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense47.00223.0013
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 Defense34.0053.001
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense

Head To Head Summary


Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Dec 31, 2017CINBAL31-2714621335911181943121
Sep 10, 2017BALCIN20-01571112681771442215
Jan 1, 2017BALCIN10-277226333521532183710
Nov 27, 2016CINBAL14-19642613252922193111
Jan 3, 2016BALCIN16-245928234121451472920
Sep 27, 2015CINBAL28-24863724582363623981
Oct 26, 2014BALCIN24-2710718729421112393502
Sep 7, 2014CINBAL23-16793013800913294202
Dec 29, 2013BALCIN17-344717522231112813924
Nov 10, 2013CINBAL17-201202443643851041893

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Baltimore Ravens

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 9, 2018BUF47-3W-7.5/38.5W/O1172523698370153-1H
Dc 31, 2017CIN27-31L-8/39.5L/O1181943121462133590H
Dec 23, 2017IND23-16W-13.5/40.5L/U103220323932032960H
Dc 17, 2017CLE27-10W-6.5/42W/U97279376130136266-4A
Dec 10, 2017PIT38-39L6/43W/O152261413594865451A

Cincinnati Bengals

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 9, 2018IND34-23W-1/47.5W/O101229330753053800A
Dc 31, 2017BAL31-27W8/39.5W/O1462133591181943120A
Dec 24, 2017DET26-17W3/43W/P142222364871892760H
Dc 17, 2017MIN7-34L12.5/42L/U461151611242223461A
Dec 10, 2017CHI7-33L-6/40L/P701642342322504822H

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

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