Ravens vs Bengals Prediction, Odds & Best Bets for Week 18 (Cincinnati Wins Eight in a Row to End Regular Season)

Larry Rupp
Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals prediction, odds and best bets for NFL Week 18 game.
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Ravens vs Bengals Week 18 Game Info

2022 NFL Regular Season — Week 18/
Baltimore Ravens (10-6, 5-3 Away) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (11-4, 5-1 Home)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Paycor Stadium — Cincinnati, OH
Coverage: CBS

The Baltimore Ravens will aim to build momentum before the playoffs begin when they travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 18. Baltimore is coming off a 16-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Ravens logged only 240 total yards of offense on the day and scored 1 touchdown.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati saw its Week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills cancelled. It took down the New England Patriots by a score of 22-18 its last time out in Week 16. Quarterback Joe Burrow three for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns in that game. Wide receiver Trenton Irwin found the end zone twice.

Ravens vs Bengals Odds & Spread

All NFL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: BAL: (+370) | CIN: (-480)
Spread: BAL: +9.5 (-104) | CIN: -9.5 (-118)
Total: 39.5 — Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)

The Bengals enter this contest as heavy home favorites on the moneyline and spread on FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 1 p.m. ET clash also features one of the lower totals on the Week 18 slate at 39.5 points.

Ravens vs Bengals Prediction & Pick

The Bengals have been awarded the NFC North title no matter what happens on Sunday, but home-field advantage on Wild Card Weekend is not locked down quite yet. A win secures that edge, while a loss would bring about a coin toss. That means Cincinnati still has a lot worth fighting for on Sunday.

That's not good news for the Ravens as a hungry Bengals team is one of the best teams in the NFL. Cincinnati is averaging a reliable 29.0 points per home game (No. 5 in NFL) and has posted an average scoring margin of +10.7 at home, too. Baltimore has lost 12 of its last 17 games at Paycor Stadium.

Cincinnati is riding a seven-game winning streak and I don't see that ending prior to the postseason.

Final Score Prediction: Ravens: 14 | Bengals: 24

Ravens vs Bengals Betting Trends

- Baltimore is 6-2 straight up in its last eight games against Cincinnati.
- The total has hit the under in each of Baltimore's last five games.
- Cincinnati is 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in its last five home games.
- The total has hit the under in four of Cincinnati's last five games.

Ravens vs Bengals Best Bet

As long as this spread stays within single digits, I'm going to back the Bengals in front of the home crowd. Cincinnati is a ridiculous 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in its last five home games and 7-0 ATS in its last seven games overall. It is also 7-3 ATS in its last 10 head-to-head games against Baltimore.

The Ravens are only 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against an AFC North foe. Baltimore is simply struggling to score without starting quarterback Lamar Jackson healthy, so seeing it keep up with Cincinnati's powerful offense would be a massive surprise.

Bet: Cincinnati Bengals -9.5 (-118)

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