NFL Betting Lines Bengals vs Ravens Week 17 Free Picks

January 2nd, 2011 by

bengals vs ravensThe ‘Game of the Week’ title is always up for dispute depending upon your own personal interests and definitions.

But with so many inconsequential games on the board this week the Baltimore Ravens (11-4) versus the Cincinnati Bengals (4-11) is the best game on the board for a couple of reasons. And you can go ahead and throw their collective records out the window as this should be a dog-fight.

These are two talented teams that are bitter AFC North Rivals and would love nothing better than to hand one another a loss.

In Cincy’s case this would be especially invigorating as it would prevent the Ravens from grabbing the division title and knock them down a seed in the playoffs.

The Ravens will be playing their guts out as well as the AFC North title and home game in first week of the playoffs is still very much within their grasp.

Kickoff for this Sunday match up is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Ravens as a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 43.

This is an extremely interesting sport betting lines for a couple of reasons.

The first is that the Bengals actually won the first time these two teams met earlier in the year, though, admittedly, it wasn’t the Ravens finest hour.

But this time around the Bengals will be without their two biggest weapons on offense: TO and Ochocinco. That put this squad at a big disadvantage.

Baltimore’s D has been tremendous again this year as always and is giving up just 17.5 ppg and 313.8 yards per game in total offense. The team also has plenty of momentum behind it as it’s won its last 3 games including a big victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion Saints.

On offense the Ravens have also improve over the season and are averaging just under 30 points in the past 3 victories.

There’s no doubt that Baltimore is the better team but crazy things happen in division rivalries late in the season and to pick any team to beat a division rival by 9.5 in the NFL gambling action in what should be a relatively low scoring January game would be a very bold move.

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