Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals Inactive and Injury Reports for Sunday Night Football
- In the Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals inactive and injury reports for Sunday Night Football, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (knee) is out
- Cincinnati will be minus two starting offensive linemen
- Three Ravens WR – Devin Duvernay, Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace – are on IR
There’s one name and one position drawing all of the attention when it comes to the injury report for the Baltimore Ravens (10-7, 7-9-1 ATS) Wild Card Weekend game against the Cincinnati Bengals (12-4, 12-4 ATS) on Sunday Night Football.
As soon of the word came that yet again, Ravens starting quarterback Lamar Jackson’s knee injury would be keeping him out of this game, the betting world was reacting. The line on the game lengthened to make the Bengals the 8.5-point home chalk. There was significant movement from the Cincinnati -5.5 line that was present in the Wild Card Weekend opening odds. Meanwhile, the total was shortening from 43.5 points to 40.5 points.
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The Ravens vs Bengals public betting splits are also heavily weighted toward Cincinnati. The Bengals are the #1 against the spread team in the AFC this season. The game is being broadcast by NBC. Kickoff set set for 8:20 pm ET at Paycor Stadium on Sunday, January 15.
Baltimore Ravens Injury Report
Jackson will be missing his sixth successive game. Baltimore is 2-4 straight up without him as starting QB. The Ravens are 8-4 when Jackson is under center this season.
There’s a similar pattern to Ravens games against the Bengals. Since Jackson’s rookie season of 2018, Baltimore is 3-0 SU against Cincinnati when Jackson is the starting QB. When it’s someone else, the Ravens are 0-2. Adding more concern, backup QB Tyler Huntley (shoulder) is listed as questionable on the Baltimore injury lists. He’s expected to play, though.
The Baltimore wide receiver room is also depleted. Devin Duvernay (broken foot), tied for second on the team with three touchdown catches this season, went on IR after Week 14. Rashod Bateman (foot) has been on IR since Week 6, but still is right behind Duvernay with two TD receptions. Tylan Wallace (hamstring), who caught two passes for 20 yards in last week’s loss to the Bengals, was placed on IR earlier this week.
Defensively, Baltimore is much healthier. Backup LCB Brandon Stephens (illness) is out. As well, reserve RG Trystan Colon (illness) is out.
Cincinnati Bengals Injury Report
There’s not a lot of volume in terms of the injury report for the Bengals, but it is very centralized. Already without starting RT La’el Collins, on IR with a knee injury since Week 17, RG Alex Cappa will be out this week due to an ankle injury.
The only other member of the Bengals with an injury designation this week is backup SS Brandon Wilson. He’s been out the past month with a knee ailment.
How Could Injuries Affect the Ravens vs Bengals Lines?
Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh isn’t naming a starting QB for the game. Is that because of the uncertainty of Huntley’s shoulder issue, or does he just want to keep the Bengals guessing? Third stringer Anthony Brown was the starter last week against Cincinnati. There are published reports indicating that Harbaugh is planning to utilize both of his available QBs during the game.
REPORT: @Ravens Tyler Huntley expected to start tonight vs @Bengals. Baltimore could also mix in QB Anthony Brown pic.twitter.com/V2Db20IOsO
— The Fantasy Source 🔮🏈 (@FantasySource_) January 15, 2023
Another key development for the Ravens is the return to action of TE Mark Andrews. The team leader in receptions (73), receiving yards (seven ) and TD catches (five), Andrews sat out last week’s game to give his body some rest. Andrews has caught six TD passes in nine career games against Cincinnati, so he’s certainly a player worthy of consideration in the Ravens vs Bengals player props. Then again, surprisingly enough the Pro Bowl TE has never caught a postseason TD reception.
Also, both of Baltimore’s starting cornerbacks, Marlon Humphrey (shoulder) and Marcus Peters (calf) have been cleared of injury designation.
Veteran receiver Sammy Watkins was picked up by the Ravens to provide depth at the position. He caught two passes for 79 yards in last week’s game, but also lost a fumble.
#bengals QB Joe Burrow is expected to face the #ravens without the right side of his offensive line. Baltimore finished 5th in sacks. What could we look for from Burrow Sunday night? Also let’s not forget the athlete Burrow is. My report on NFL NOW on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/XaEnjntFqD
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 11, 2023
For the Bengals, veteran Max Scharping will step in to start for Cappa, hurt in last week’s game agains Baltimore. He’ll be making his first start of the season, but 34th of his NFL career. In for Collins, Hakeem Adeniji is making his second straight start and his 16th as an NFLer.
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