Thursday Night Football Week 2 NFL Picks – Ravens Vs. Bengals Prediction
The AFC North can go bananas after just two weeks. One of these teams, the Baltimore Ravens or Cincinnati Bengals will be 2-0 by the end of the week. The Pittsburgh Steelers might be winless if they get swallowed by Kansas City Chiefs offense. And the Cleveland Browns already have a better record than in 2017. But before we all lose our minds, let’s look at the Thursday Night matchup between the Ravens and the Bengals.
The oddsmakers made Baltimore a 1-point favorite after they destroyed the Bills in Week 1. Line movement on Cincinnati’s side shifted the Bengals to a 1-point home favorite. The game total is at 44 points. Odds below are from SportsBetting.ag. Deposit today for a 50% Welcome Bonus up to $1,000 on your first deposit.
Baltimore Ravens Vs. Cincinnati Bengals Predictions
- Spread: Bengals -1
- Money line: Baltimore (-102) vs Cincinnati (-118)
- Game Total: 44
- Date: Thursday, September 13th, 2018
- Game Time: 8:20 PM ET
- Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
- TV: NFL Network
I had the Ravens as one of the teams to improve the most in 2018. I was particularly interested in their defense. They have been flying under the radar with most people sending love to the Steelers in the AFC North. Yet, can we really make a solid argument about their play after beating a QB-wannabe like Nathan Peterman?
Only the Bills head coach Sean McDermott thinks Peterman is an NFL QB worthy. He had been over his head from the moment he was named the starter. Baltimore took advantage of a scared quarterback who has no business being in the NFL and embarrassed Buffalo 47-3. Their defense held the Bills to 98 passing yards. 98! They also picked Peterman twice and made him finished the day with a 0.0 passer rating.
Cincinnati will not be as easy. The Bengals overcame a 23-10 deficit by scoring 24 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Indianapolis Colts 34-23. Bengals’ fans should feel excited seeing second-year players like Joe Mixon and Joh Ross scored in week one. Cincy has dominated the recent history between these two franchises. The Bengals have won seven of the last 10 matchups in this series and have covered the spread in six of those seven wins. Such one-sided numbers should lean the balance toward Cincinnati in this game, but Baltimore won at the Paul Brown Stadium last season. It was early in the season.
A 20-0 victory in the 2017 NFL week one should give the Ravens the notion they can overcome the betting trends. I liked what I saw from Joe Flacco in week one. He might have a comeback type of year. Flacco knows he’s fighting for his job every single weekend after they drafted rookie QB Lamar Jackson in the first round. He also knows he has been a bum since he won the Super Bowl. There are plenty of reasons why he needs to put together a great year.
The good news is Head Coach John Harbaugh also gave Flacco some talented weapons. New wideouts Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead IV all caught touchdown passes against the Bills. The betting trends suggest this series is dominated by the Bengals. However, I’m not a fan of QB Andy Dalton on a short week against a defense that promises to be one of the best in the NFL. Pressure gets Dalton in a messy situation, and that’s what I fear will happen on TNF.