Bettors Are Fading the Ravens in Week 6 as 10.5-Point Favorites vs Bengals

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Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are 10.5-point favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6. Photo from @ESPNNFL (Twitter).
  • BookMaker reports that 78% of the money wagered in this game is on the winless Bengals
  • Baltimore’s 32.2 PPG average ranks first in the NFL
  • Get the odds, our pick, and all the info you need to bet the game below

A division rivalry featuring two teams heading in opposite directions, the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens take on the last-place Cincinnati Bengals in what will likely be a lopsided matchup, right?

The bettors don’t seem to think so.

BookMaker is reporting that every single big bet they have taken on this game has been on the Bengals at +10.5. Furthermore, BookMaker reported that while 70% of all the bets placed have been on Baltimore, 78% of the money wagered is on Cincinnati.

Are the winless Bengals are good bet to cover at +10.5? Here’s a look at the Bengals vs Ravens odds and stats leading up to the Week 6 matchup.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Odds

Team Point Spread at BookMaker Total Points Moneyline
Cincinnati Bengals +10.5 (-105) O 48 (-113) +400
Baltimore Ravens -10.5 (-115) U 48 (-108) -525

*Odds taken on 11/10/19

The line for this game initially opened at -12.5 for Baltimore but dropped back down to -10.5 by late Friday afternoon. Some sportsbooks even had the spread as high as -13.5 in favor of the Ravens.

While Baltimore comes in as heavy favorites on the moneyline (-525) bettors are leaning towards Cincinnati to cover. The Bengals have yet to win a game through five weeks of action, but are 2-3 against the spread. In fact, Cincy is 2-1 ATS on the road, while the Ravens are 0-2 in that category on home field.

Jackson Slows Down After Hot Start

Lamar Jackson was playing with a chip on his shoulder early in the season, as the Ravens quarterback led the club to a 2-0 start before losing games in Weeks 3 and 4.

Jackson was considered to be an early candidate for NFL MVP, but the pivot has slowed down offensively. He’s completed 106 of 162 passing attempts for 1,271 yards and 11 TDs. The high-risk quarterback has been picked off five times and sacked 15 times going into Week 6 against the Bengals.

The head-to-head matchup has favored the Bengals, who have won seven of the last 10 regular season meetings with the Ravens. Cincinnati owns a 2-1 record against Baltimore over the last three games, however it was the Ravens that won the last meeting — a 24-21 victory coming last season.

Total Points Set at 48

Betting the over here? BookMaker has set the bar high at 48, with the Over coming in as the -113 favorite. Baltimore is still averaging a league-best 32.2 points per game this season. However, the Bengals have struggled to score points and with an 0-5 record you can understand why.

Cincinnati is posting 16.0 PPG, which is the fourth fewest in the NFL this season. Only the Dolphins, Jets and Redskins are averaging fewer points per game heading into Week 6.

The total won’t see much movement up until the opening kickoff and even if it does, it’ll be minimal. Various sportsbooks had the opening total around the same price.

The point spread is likely to hover around the same 10.5 odds leading up to Sunday’s matchup between the Ravens and Bengals. If that is the case, consider putting your money on Baltimore to cover.

Not only can’t the Bengals score points, but they’ve struggled to keep the ball out of their own end zone this season. Cincinnati’s 27.2 points against per game average is the third worst in the NFL — only ahead of the lowly Dolphins and New York Giants.

Take the Ravens to cover and the Under on the 48 point total.

Pick: Baltimore Ravens (-10.5, -115)

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