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Bengals vs. Ravens prediction, odds, spread, line: 2023 NFL playoff picks, bets by proven model on 161-113 run

For the first time in the history of their rivalry, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals will meet in the NFL playoffs. The No.3-seeded Bengals host the No. 6-seeded Ravens on Sunday night in a prime-time Super Wild Card Weekend battle. The AFC North rivals have met 54 times in the 27-year history of their rivalry, with Baltimore (10-7) holding a slight 28-26 all-time edge. But the Bengals (12-4) have momentum on their side following a 27-16 victory over the Ravens last week that earned them their second straight division title.

Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Cincinnati is an 8-point favorite and the over/under for total points scored is 40 in the latest Bengals vs. Ravens odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before locking in any Ravens vs. Bengals picks of your own, make sure you check out the NFL playoff predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up more than $7,000 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception. The model enters Super Wild Card Weekend in the 2023 NFL playoffs on an incredible 161-113 run on top-rated NFL picks, dating to the 2017 season. It is also on a 15-6 roll on top-rated NFL picks since Week 7 of this season.

What’s more, the model ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past six years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94% of CBS Sports Football Pick’em players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns. 

Now, the model has studied Ravens vs. Bengals from every angle and locked in its NFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the NFL odds and betting trends for Ravens vs. Bengals:

  • Bengals vs. Ravens spread: Bengals -8
  • Bengals vs. Ravens over/under total: 40 points  
  • Bengals vs. Ravens money line: Bengals -440, Ravens +335
  • BAL: The Ravens are 7-1 against the spread in their past eight road playoff games 
  • CIN: The Bengals are 4-0-1 ATS in their past five playoff games 
  • Bengals vs. Ravens picks: See picks here

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Why the Bengals can cover

The Bengals scored just three points in the second half last week against the Ravens, an uncharacteristic letdown they attributed to apathy after building a 24-7 halftime lead and a credit to Baltimore’s defense for playing hard despite the three-score deficit.

Quarterback Joe Burrow had a modest outing by his standards, going 25-of-42 for 215 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a rating of 80.9. Although Cincinnati controlled the game and didn’t need Burrow to carry the team, the signal-caller told the media afterward that he wasn’t happy with his performance and vowed to avoid a repeat in the playoff rematch Sunday. “I did not like the way I played today,” Burrow said. “I missed throws I usually make, but I won’t miss those again.” See which team to pick here.

Why the Ravens can cover 

Although the Ravens will be short-handed again Sunday, with quarterback Lamar Jackson (knee) ruled out and backup Tyler Hunley listed as questionable with injury issues of his own, coach John Harbaugh said he’s confident they still have enough to win the game. They will rely on a sturdy defense that kept them in last week’s encounter with the Bengals despite an inability to produce on offense. Cincinnati scored two touchdowns on short fields provided by Baltimore turnovers and also scored by recovering a fumble in the end zone.

Baltimore’s defense forced the Bengals to five second-half punts and held them to just three points in the second half. The Ravens also pressured Burrow consistently and sacked him twice. For the season, the Ravens have held opponents to 14 points or fewer seven times and are 6-1 in those contests. See which team to pick here.

How to make Ravens vs. Bengals picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over the point total, projecting 45 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine

So who wins Ravens vs. Bengals in the 2023 NFL playoff bracket? And which side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Ravens vs. Bengals spread you need to jump on Sunday, all from the model on a 161-113 roll on NFL picks, and find out.

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