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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Bengals are minor home favorites over Ravens in Week 16 rematch

According to the Las Vegas Sportsbook, the Bengals are a bit favorite on the Ravens ahead of their rematch on Sunday in Cincinnati.

In a matchup of the leaders of the AFC North, the Bengals (8-6) are favored by 2 1/2 points after Sunday’s 15-10 win over the Denver Broncos. The Ravens (8-6) have lost three straight games and could be again without quarterback Lamar Jackson, who lost to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday with an ankle injury.

At the Week 7 meeting of the teams, Cincinnati established themselves as division title contenders after defeating the Ravens 41–17 in Baltimore. Sunday’s game will be even more significant: With a win, the Ravens’ playoff chances will increase from 57% to 84%, according to FiveThirtyEight’s estimates, while their AFC North title odds will increase from 40% to 74%. A Bengals win would increase Cincinnati’s playoff odds from 50% to 75% and division title odds from 38% to 64%.

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If the betting line remains in place, the Ravens will enter Sunday’s game as underdogs for a third straight week, although they were involved in losses to the Cleveland Browns and Packers. Meanwhile, Cincinnati is just 2-5 against the spread at home this season. The Ravens, a two-point favorite in their last two visits to Cincinnati, were the last road underdogs against the Bengals in 2018, when they lost, 34-23.

The Ravens lead the all-time series with Cincinnati, 27-24. The Bengals’ win in October ended a five-match losing streak. In their last three meetings, the Ravens beat Cincinnati in a joint 114–19.

The over-under of Sunday’s game is 44½ points.

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