Ravens vs. Bengals: Week 17 NFL Betting Preview – January 3, 2021

Posted By Staff on December 29, 2020

The Baltimore Ravens (10-5) bring a four-game winning streak into a matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1) on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Paul Brown Stadium. Baltimore is a  favorite in the contest and the contest’s point total is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of December 28, 2020, 2:41 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Ravens vs Bengals Betting Odds

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Betting the Total (Over/Under)

  • Ravens games have gone over 44.5 points on nine occasions this season (60% of matchups).
  • Cincinnati’s games have gone over 44.5 points on eight occasions (53.3% of games).
  • The total for this matchup is 44.5 points, 4.7 fewer than the combined scoring average of the two teams.
  • These two teams combine to allow 45.7 points per game, which is 1.2 greater than the total for this matchup.
  • This season, Bengals games have resulted in an average scoring total of 46.3, which is 1.8 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
  • The Ravens are the eighth-highest scoring team in the NFL this year. The Bengals have scored the 28th-most points.
  • This outing features the league’s 20th-ranked (Cincinnati) and fourth-ranked (Baltimore) scoring defenses.
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Ravens Betting Insights

  • Baltimore is 9-5-1 against the spread.
  • The Ravens have an ATS record of 2-0-1 when playing as at least 11.5-point favorites.
  • Baltimore’s games have gone under the point total in eight out of 15 opportunities this season (53.3%).

Bengals Betting Insights

  • Cincinnati’s games have hit the over in eight out of 15 outings this season (53.3%).
  • Cincinnati has a 9-6 record against the spread.

Ravens vs Bengals: Head to Head

Ravens vs Bengals: Last 3 Meetings
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Yards Result
10/11/2020 Ravens Ravens -12.00 49.00 -670 +540 332-205 BAL 27-3 BAL
11/10/2019 Ravens Bengals -10.5 44 -530 +440 379-307 BAL 49-13 BAL
10/13/2019 Ravens Ravens -11 47 -560 +450 497-250 BAL 23-17 BAL

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When the Ravens Have the Ball

  • The Ravens, on average, score three more points per game this season (28.7) than the Bengals allow (25.7).
  • In games where Baltimore score at least 28.7 points this season, they are 7-0 overall and 5-1-1 against the spread.
  • Cincinnati is 3-4-1 overall and 5-3 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 25.7 points.
  • The Ravens offense has averaged 352.1 total yards per game this season, 28.2 yards fewer than the 380.3 allowed by the Bengals defense. The Ravens average 5.7 yards per play while the Bengals allow 6 per play.
  • In contests where the Baltimore offense totals at least their average yard output this season, they are 6-3 against the spread and 7-2 overall.
  • When Cincinnati allows fewer total yards to opposing offenses than their season average, they are 1-5 against the spread and 1-5 overall this season.
  • The Ravens have averaged 177.5 yards per game on the ground this season, 46.4 yards more than the Bengals have allowed to opposing rushing attacks (131.1).
  • In games where the Baltimore rushing attack runs for at least their season average, the Ravens are 5-1 overall and 4-2 against the spread.
  • This season, when the Cincinnati defense allows opponents to pick up less than 131.1 yards on the ground, they are 4-3 against the spread and 2-5 overall.
  • This season, the Bengals have forced an average of 1.1 turnovers per game, equal to the 1.1 times Ravens have turned the football over in each contest.
  • In games where they turn the football over 1.1 times or fewer this season, Baltimore is 9-3 overall and 8-4 against the spread.
  • Cincinnati is 3-0 against the spread and 1-1-1 overall this season when they force at least 1.1 turnovers in a game.

When the Bengals Have the Ball

  • The Bengals average 20.5 points per game, comparable to the 20 per contest the Ravens allow.
  • Cincinnati is 8-0 against the spread and 4-3-1 overall a season ago when the team scores at least 20.5 points.
  • This season, Baltimore has a 5-1-1 record against the spread and a 7-0 record overall in games when it holds opponents to 28.7 or fewer points.
  • The Bengals rack up just 10.6 fewer yards per game (328.1), than the Ravens give up per matchup (338.7). On average, the Bengals gain 4.9 yards per play, while the Ravens give up 5.2 per play.
  • Baltimore has a 6-2 record ATS and a 5-3 record overall when holding its opponents to 338.7 yards or less.
  • The Bengals rush for 101.4 yards per game, 4.8 fewer yards per game than the 106.2 the Ravens allow per outing.
  • Cincinnati has a 4-2 ATS record and a 4-2 overall record when the team runs for at least 101.4 yards.
  • This season, Baltimore is 5-1-1 against the spread and 5-2 overall when holding opponents to no more than 106.2 yards on the ground.
  • This year, the Bengals turn the ball over 1.5 times per game, 0.2 more turnovers per game than the 1.3 the Ravens force on average.
  • Cincinnati is 7-0 against the spread and 4-2-1 overall when it turns the ball over 1.5 or fewer times.
  • This season, Baltimore has a 5-0 record against the spread and a 4-1 record overall when it forces at least 1.3 turnovers.

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Ravens Players to Watch

  • Lamar Jackson leads the team with 2,644 passing yards (176.3 yards per game) and has a 64.8% completion percentage this year (232-of-358) while throwing 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has 908 rushing yards on 148 carries with seven touchdowns, averaging 60.5 yards per game.
  • Gus Edwards has 663 yards on 132 carries (44.2 ypg), with six rushing touchdowns.
  • Marquise Brown has hauled in 53 passes to lead the team with 728 yards with six touchdowns. He has been targeted 91 times and averages 48.5 yards per game.
  • Mark Andrews has contributed with 674 yards on 54 catches with seven touchdowns. He has been targeted 82 times and puts up 44.9 receiving yards per game.
  • This season, Willie Snead IV has caught 33 passes on 48 targets for 432 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 28.8 receiving yards per game.
  • Yannick Ngakoue has collected a team-leading seven sacks, while adding seven TFL and 24 tackles.
  • Patrick Queen has totaled 101 tackles, eight TFL, three sacks, and one interception this season.
  • Marcus Peters has a team-high three interceptions and has tacked on 51 tackles, one TFL, one sack, and eight passes defended.

Bengals Players to Watch

  • Brandon Allen has thrown for 877 yards while completing 69.4% of his passes (84-of-121), with five touchdowns and two interceptions in four games this year (219.3 yards per game).
  • Giovani Bernard has taken 121 attempts for a team-leading 409 rushing yards (27.3 yards per game) while scoring three touchdowns. He’s also caught 47 passes for 355 yards (23.7 receiving yards per game) with three touchdowns through the air.
  • Samaje Perine has 250 yards on 54 carries (16.7 ypg), with three rushing touchdowns.
  • Tee Higgins has been targeted 106 times and has 67 catches to lead the team with 908 yards (60.5 ypg) with six touchdowns.
  • Tyler Boyd has also added 78 catches for 840 yards and four touchdowns over 14 games this year. He has been targeted 107 times and puts up 60 receiving yards per game.
  • A.J. Green has racked up 523 yards on 47 passes with two touchdowns, averaging 34.9 yards per game on 98 targets.
  • Carl Lawson has 5.5 sacks to lead the team, and has also racked up four TFL and 35 tackles.
  • Vonn Bell has totaled 109 tackles and three TFL so far this year.
  • Jessie Bates III has a team-high three interceptions and has tacked on 100 tackles, three TFL, and 14 passes defended.

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