2015 NFL Week 17 - Ravens vs. Bengals Betting Odds Preview
The 5-10 Baltimore Ravens travel to Cincinnati to take on the 11-4 Bengals on Sunday afternoon to close out the regular season. The Bengals blew a 14-point lead last week against the Denver Broncos losing in overtime 20-17. Cincinnati lost the chance to move ahead of New England for the top seed in the AFC and to have the opportunity to earn a bye in the playoffs. Baltimore earned an impressive 20-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, which snapped a 3 game losing streak.
Backup quarterback A.J. McCarron is now 1-1 backing up Andy Dalton and played well last week until he fumbled the ball ending the game. He finished 22 for 35 with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was A.J. Green who had 5 receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Hill led a balanced run game with 63 yards on 19 carries. Overall the offense had trouble generating big plays as their longest play was a 20 -yard catch by Mohamed Sanu. Mike Nugent missed a 45 yard field goal in the first half that would have made the score 17-0. Defensively, they sacked Brock Osweiler 3 times for a loss of 22 yards and recovered a fumble. Carlos Dunlap had a great day as he had all 3 sacks and all 3 of the team’s tackles for losses. Over the last 5 games their defense has given up an average of 16 points per game.
Behind 3rd string quarterback Ryan Mallett the Ravens produced 395 yards of offense and limited the potent Steelers offense to just 320. Mallett completed 28 of 41 passes for 274 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. 7 different Raven receivers caught at least 2 passes led by Kamar Aliken who had 8 receptions for 66 yards. Javorius Allen had 77 of the teams 121 rushing yards including a 3-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter to extend their lead to 10 points. Defensively, they forced 3 turnovers including 2 interceptions off of Ben Roethlisberger. They also sacked Roethlisberger 3 times for a loss of 22 yards. They struggled to contain DeAngelo Williams who rushed for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns on 17 carries.
Cincinnati is 12-2-1 against the spread this year including 4-2-1 at home. Baltimore is 4-9-2 against the spread this year including 3-3-1 on the road. Baltimore was eliminated from the playoffs weeks ago and while the win over the Steelers was impressive, their defense has allowed 86 points over the last 3 games. Andy Dalton is still not ready to come back from his thumb injury this week and the team won’t say if he is ready for the playoffs. McCarron has completed 67% of his passes and has thrown 4 touchdowns with 2 interceptions since taking over. Overall the Bengals are gaining 70 yards less per game and scoring 7 less points the last 3 games. The Bengals are heavy favorites with McCarron making his 3rd career start.
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