The Baltimore Ravens continue their quest for their first AFC North title in four years when they begin Week 11 of the 2023 NFL season against the division-rival Cincinnati Bengals at home on Thursday Night Football. Baltimore (7-3), which won the last of its six AFC North crowns in 2019, is one-half game ahead of Pittsburgh and Cleveland and owns a 1 ½-game lead over Cincinnati (5-4). Both teams had four-game winning streaks halted on field goals as time expired last week, with the Ravens losing 33-31 to the Browns and the Bengals falling 30-27 against Houston. Baltimore posted a 27-24 victory at Cincinnati in Week 2.
Kickoff at M&T Bank Stadium is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Baltimore is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest SportsLine consensus Ravens vs. Bengals odds, while the over/under for total points scored is 46.5. Before you make any Bengals vs. Ravens picks or Thursday Night Football predictions, you need to see what proven SportsLine expert Mike Tierney has to say, given his mastery of picks involving Baltimore.
A veteran sportswriter whose work appears periodically in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Mike Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. He is coming off a typically strong 2022 NFL season in which he went 68-54-6, returning $815 to $100 players.
In addition, Tierney is an amazing 42-17-2 on his last 61 NFL picks in games involving the Ravens, returning $2,320. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Tierney has locked in on Ravens vs. Bengals from every angle and just locked in his picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Bengals vs. Ravens:
- Ravens vs. Bengals spread: Baltimore -3.5
- Ravens vs. Bengals over/under: 46.5 points
- Ravens vs. Bengals money line: Baltimore -190, Cincinnati +160
- BAL: Ravens have scored at least 31 points in four consecutive games
- CIN: Bengals have lost five of their last seven contests in Baltimore
- Ravens vs. Bengals picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Ravens can cover
Baltimore is fifth in the NFL in scoring at 27 points per game and has scored at least 31 in its last four contests. Gus Edwards has been finding the end zone with regularity of late, rushing for seven touchdowns during his current four-game streak. The 28-year-old running back is third in the league with a career-high eight TD runs after recording 13 over his first four seasons.
Lamar Jackson continues to be a key part of the Ravens' ground attack and has run for five scores, two shy of his career-high. The 2019 NFL MVP, who has rushed for 1,000 yards twice, is second on the team with 481 this year. Tight end Mark Andrews has hauled in six of Jackson's 10 touchdown passes in 2023 and is four scoring receptions away from matching the career-high he set in 2019. See which team to back here.
Why the Bengals can cover
Only the Los Angeles Chargers have committed fewer turnovers this season than Cincinnati, which has just eight. The Bengals are tied with the Steelers for the best turnover differential in the NFL at plus-10 and are even with New Orleans for second in the league with 12 interceptions. Cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt shares third place with two others as he has made four picks, all over his last five contests.
Joe Burrow leads the NFL with a 74.1% completion rate since Week 5 and ranks third with an average of 296 passing yards over that span. The 26-year-old has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of his last five games, the longest active streak in the league. Burrow has made 12 TD tosses during the run, with former LSU teammate Ja'Marr Chase hauling in five of them. The 23-year-old wideout had only 31 receiving yards against Baltimore in Week 2 but racked up 80 or more in four of his previous five career meetings with the Ravens. See which team to back here.
How to make Ravens vs. Bengals picks
Tierney has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he's leaning Under the point total, he has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He's sharing what it is, and which side to back, only at SportsLine.
Who wins Bengals vs. Ravens on Thursday Night Football, and which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Bengals vs. Ravens spread hits hard, all from the expert who is on an impressive 42-17 run on picks involving Baltimore, and find out.