Early Blowout NFL 8*
(NFL) Baltimore vs. Cincinnati, 09/17/2023 1:00 PM, Score: 27 - 24
Point Spread: -3.00 | -115.00 Cincinnati (Home)
Result: Loss
#278 ASA PLAY ON 8* Cincinnati Bengals -3 over Baltimore Ravens, Sunday at 1 PM ET - The Bengals looked downright terrible last week and we like them to bounce back at home on Sunday after that embarrassing performance. We were on the Browns, so we expected a Cleveland win. What we did not expect is Cincinnati to pick up only 6 first downs, QB Burrow throwing for less than 100 yards, and converting only 2 of 15 third downs. The Browns defense looked outstanding and they were aided by bad weather conditions (wind & rain) which prevented Cincinnati from utilizing their normally strong passing game. Let’s not pretend Baltimore had a great first outing. The topped Houston, one of the worst teams in the NFL, 25-9 but the yardage was about dead even and averaged only 4.6 YPP. Defensively they allowed rookie QB Stroud to have a solid day completing 28 of 44 attempts for 242 yards. The Ravens came out of that game with a number of key injuries that will affect their game on Sunday. RB Dobbins tore his achilles and is out for the season. Their starting LT and Center are both out for this game along with their top cover CB Humphrey and starting safety. Key TE target Andrews may also have to sit this one out. Joe Burrow is 4-1 SU vs the Ravens since taking over as Cincy’s starting QB with the only loss coming by 2 points @ Baltimore in 2021. In his 5 starts vs Baltimore, Burrow has thrown for almost 1,600 yards with 9 TD’s and a passer rating of 101. This is a must win for Cincinnati. They can’t afford to drop to 0-2. Let’s not forget this team was in the Super Bowl 2 years ago and almost made it back last year losing a close game @ KC in the AFC Championship game. Dating back 30+ years, NFL teams that made the playoffs the previous year (good team) coming off a division loss in week 1, playing another division game in week 2, are 12-1 SU. Great situation for a really good team that had a bad week 1. Bounce back time.