The second Thursday Night Football this season will be between AFC North rivals Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams are riding a wave of momentum into that game following respective victories in Week 1. Will the Ravens get to a 2-0 record to start the season? Or will the Bengals make their home debut this season a success?
Betting Preview for the Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals NFL Season Week 2 Game on September 13, 2018
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
When: Thursday, September 13, 2018, 8:20 PM ET
Line: Baltimore Ravens (-1.5) vs Cincinnati Bengals (+1.5) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: NFL Game Pass
Betting on the Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
The Ravens made a mincemeat out of the Buffalo Bills Sunday to open up their season, as Joe Flacco and company steamrolled their way into a dominant 47-3 win at home. It was a thoroughly one-sided affair as what the scored so clearly suggests.
Against the Bills, Flacco went 25 of 34 for 236 passing yards and three touchdowns, while Kenneth Dixon, Javorius Allen, and Alex Collins each recording a rushing touchdown. Overall, the Ravens had 117 rushing yards and three scores. That kind of smooth symbiosis and balance between the Ravens’ passing and rushing attack could manifest again this coming Thursday against the Bengals’ defense that allowed 380 total yards to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Speaking of defense, the Ravens holding Buffalo to just a field goal on offense in Week 1 sends a strong message to Cincinnati’s attack. Baltimore consistently pressured Cincinnati’s quarterbacks, as evidenced by the Ravens’ six recorded sacks in the game.
The Ravens are 3-0 ATS in their last three road games.
Betting on the Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
Andy Dalton and the Bengals zoomed into a win right out of the gate of the 2018 season, as they downed the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, 34-23.
Dalton steered the Bengals’ attack by completing 21 of 28 passes for 243 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also had an interception to open the season to open the season. That should remind him to be extra careful when throwing the ball against the Ravens, who picked of Nathan Peterman twice on Sunday. Dalton, however, is not Nathan Peterman, so he’s probably going adjust better ahead of Thursday’s outing at home.
Wide receiver A.J. Green opened the 2018 campaign smoking, too, as the veteran had 92 receiving yards and a touchdown on six receptions, while second-year running back Joe Mixon had 95 rushing yards and a TD on 17 carries. Green and Mixon are both field-stretchers, so the Ravens will have a harder time containing the Bengals’ defense than they did in the Bills game.
Cincinnati will have to cut down on penalties after getting called for eight for a loss of 84 yards against the Colts.
The Bengals are 3-1 ATS in their last four home games.
Baltimore wins, 23-20.
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