Ravens vs Bengals Prediction, Odds & Best Bets for AFC Wild Card Playoff Game (Joe Burrow & Co. Can't Be Stopped)

Devon Platana
Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals prediction, odds and best bets for AFC Wild Card Playoff game.
Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals prediction, odds and best bets for AFC Wild Card Playoff game. / AP Photos/Gail Burton
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Ravens vs Bengals Wild Card Game Info

2022 NFL Playoffs — AFC Wild Card Game
Baltimore Ravens (10-7, 5-4 Away) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4, 6-1 Home)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2022
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Venue: Paycor Stadium — Cincinnati, OH
Coverage: NBC

The NFL's Wild Card Round is here, bringing an exciting AFC matchup to fans as the Baltimore Ravens are set to square off against the rival Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium.

The Ravens stumbled into the playoffs with a 1-3 record over their last four games, ending the regular season with a 27-16 loss to the Bengals. On the flip side, the victory marked the Bengals' eighth win in a row and the 10th of their last 11 outings, leaving time to tell if they can continue that momentum in the postseason.

Can the Ravens figure out how to get the job done on the road? Or will the Bengals handle their AFC North rivals yet again?

Ravens vs Bengals Odds & Spread

All NFL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: BAL (+235) | CIN: (-290)
Spread: BAL: +6.5 (-110) | CIN: -6.5 (-110)
Total: 43.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Bengals enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread on FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This AFC Wild Card matchup also features an over/under of 43.5, which is in the middle of this week's totals.

Ravens vs Bengals Prediction & Pick

Unless Lamar Jackson miraculously suits up for the Ravens this week, I like the Bengals' chances of advancing. Baltimore is 2-7 straight up in the last nine games that Jackson has missed and the offense tends to suffer when he's sidelined, averaging just 13 points during his latest five-game absence.

Meanwhile, the Bengals boast the seventh-best offense (26.1 PPG) while their plus-10.7 scoring margin at home ranks third-best in the NFL. Although the Ravens' plus-2.3 margin on the road is tied for No. 7, they're also a minus-5.5 in their last four away contests.

The Bengals proved on Sunday that this version of the Ravens does not hold a candle to them. Expect Zac Taylor's squad to advance to the next round.

Final Score Prediction: Bengals: 28 | Ravens: 19

Ravens vs Bengals Betting Trends

- Baltimore is 0-5 straight up in its last five games in January.
- Cincinnati is 7-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last eight games.
- The total has hit the over in four of Baltimore's last five road games against Cincinnati.
- The total has hit the under in four of Cincinnati's last six games.

Ravens vs Bengals Best Bet

As far as the best bet goes, I'm going with the Bengals on the spread. Not only did they just beat the Ravens by two possessions, but the Bengals are also 7-1 ATS during their eight-game winning streak while also being 8-4 ATS in their last 12 AFC North matchups.

Meanwhile, the Ravens are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against the division and have failed to cover the spread in five of their last eight games. In other words, unless the Bengals have forgotten how to play football, covering the spread shouldn't be an issue.

Bet: Bengals -6.5 (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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