Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Odds: Will Joe Burrow and the Bengals Upset Lamar Jackson and the Ravens

With the top spot in the AFC North on the line, the Cincinnati Bengals descend on the Baltimore Ravens as almost touchdown underdogs, and they’re getting less than 30 percent chance to pull off the upset, according to the NFL odds. So are the Bengals being underestimated?
Nikki Adams |
Sat, October 23, 7:15 AM EDT | 4 min read
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Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Odds: Will Joe Burrow and the Bengals Upset Lamar Jackson and the Ravens

Date: Sunday 24, 2021

Game Time: 1:00 PM ET

Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Where to Watch: CBS

Baltimore Ravens Record: 5-1-0 SU, 3-3-0 ATS

 Cincinnati Bengals Record: 4-2-0 SU, 3-3-0 ATS

Bengals vs. Ravens Odds

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The Cincinnati Bengals are right in the thick of the AFC North race, proving to be a revelation in Joe Burrow’s second year as the starter. Cincinnati is coming off a solid 34-11 win over the Detroit Lions, clinching their fourth win of the season to maintain the pressure on the Baltimore Ravens at the top of the division’s table.

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a 34-6 thumping of the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6, marking their first convincing victory of the season. The win marked Baltimore’s fifth-straight victory and maintained their one-game advantage over the Bengals in the table.

Despite Cincinnati’s positive run of form, they enter this much-anticipated showdown with Baltimore in Week 7 of the NFL as the decisive underdogs. 

Books opened with the Bengals catching 6.5-points, and the NFL line has held firm since open doors. Similarly, the total opened on 46.5 points, where it continues to sit on the NFL odds board.

Cincinnati Bengals Odds & Overview

The Baltimore Ravens are the team to beat in the AFC North, without any question. But the division is far from being decided, with everything to play for yet as the Ravens are holding the slimmest of advantages over the rest of the field. Cincinnati is nipping at Baltimore’s heels with a 4-2 record that includes a 1-0 record in division play. 

The Bengals are out to prove that they’re legitimate contenders and viable challengers for the AFC North title. However, this is their biggest test in 2021. So far, their record is built on the back of wins over inferior teams with losing records on the season. The only team with a winning record Zac Taylor’s side faced is Green Bay – a game they lost 25-22 in overtime, but only just.

The Bengals are coming off a solid 34-11 win over the Detroit Lions, coming through as the 3.5-point road favorites in point spread betting. 

Baltimore Ravens Odds & Overview

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are enjoying the view from the top, but it’s been a hard slog getting to first place in the AFC North. Wins haven’t come easy, and luck has played a big factor in a few games that the Ravens simply had no business winning. Case-and-point: the Ravens struggled to beat the Lions in Week 3, needing Justin Tucker to kick a record-breaking 66-yard field goal to seal the victory. 

The Ravens are coming off their first comprehensive victory, beating the Chargers 34-6 on Sunday. However, it’s possible they caught the Chargers on a bad day. More luck? Herbert and the Chargers were on a giant-killing spree before depositing that surprising dud. They’d beaten the Kansas City Chiefs, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the Cleveland Browns in stunning fashion, and many NFL prognosticators predicted the Chargers could continue their impressive run with a scalp in Baltimore. Tale told it wasn’t to be. 

Lamar Jackson wasn’t exactly in top form, throwing a couple of interceptions while going just 19 of 27 for 167 yards and a touchdown. He got help from the defense as they played exceptionally well, thwarting the Chargers offense at every turn and keeping up the pressure on Herbert.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Odds

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Predictions and Picks

Although the Bengals come into this game on good form, they’re getting no respect from the oddsmakers. They’re the considerable underdogs to both win and cover this game. However, according to NFL consensus betting reports, the betting is divided between these AFC North rivals. The Ravens are taking approximately 55 percent of the action, while the Bengals are taking 45 percent.

The Ravens have owned the Bengals in recent years, including a series sweep in 2020. But this year feels different as Joe Burrow appears to be finding his feet in his second-year in the NFL. The addition of Burrow’s former LSU teammate wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase has transformed Cincy’s offense, and the pair are proving to be one of the top QB-WR parings in the league right now.  

A lot is being made of the Bengals’ lack of credible wins, but they can’t be held responsible for the NFL schedule or their opponents’ form. They did, however, take the measure of the defending AFC North champions Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this season, which is nothing to scoff at. 

All told, this matchup may be a lot closer than the NFL odds would have it. Baltimore’s favor is understandable, but it feels overly generous at the expense of a division rival at the same time. For that reason, the Bengals may be underestimated and could prove the value pick to come through as the 6.5-point road underdogs if not for the win, then the cover at least. That being said, looking at how both teams have played thus far, it wouldn’t be a total shocker if the Bengals did pull off the upset. 

Ravens vs. Bengals Betting Pick: Bengals +6.5

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