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Bengals vs. Ravens Point Spread & Money Line

What: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens: Monday Night Football
When: 7:00 pm EST. Monday, September 10, 2012
Where: M&T Bank Stadium

The Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals in the first of two, week 1 Monday Night Football match-ups. The Bengals finished 9-7 last year, good enough for a Wild Card birth. The Ravens went 12-4, winning the AFC North.

Bengals vs. Ravens Monday Night Football Betting Lines

The Bengals vs. Ravens point spread has fluctuated a point or so, but is back to right about where it opened. The over/under is currently 41.5 (-110) on either side, up from the opening of 40.5 points.

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Money Line
Money Line
Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens
+7 (-110)
-7 (-110)
o41.5 (-110)
u41.5 (-110)
+7.5 (-120)
-7.5 (+100)
o41.5 (-115)
u41.5 (-105)
* Odds updated Monday @ 12:45pm EST.

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Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati was 9-7 last season and made the playoffs, but lost in the opening round to the Houston Texans (31-10). Last year the Bengals were 9-0 against non-playoff teams and 0-7 against teams that made the playoffs, which is clearly a cause for concern.

The Bengals schedule is tougher in 2012, including this week 1 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Last season the Bengals were 0-2 ATS in their two games versus Baltimore, which included a 31-24 game (week 11) and a 24-16 game (week 17).

Runningback Bernard Scott is out in week 1, so that means newly signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis will handle the running duties. Moving the football is going to be tough for the Bengals, as the Ravens defense is always one of the best in the NFL. Last year, they ranked 4th against the pass (184.7 PYPG) and 2nd against the run (87.2 RYPG).

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens had a disappointing end to last season when Billy Cundiff missed a late FG in the AFC Championship game. Despite the way the season ended, the Ravens posted a 12-4 record (8-7-1 ATS) and were a perfect 8-0 SU when playing at home.

The Ravens had one of the best defenses in the NFL last season, which you can see from the stats above. Heading into this year Baltimore is without one of their veteran leaders (Terrell Suggs) for at least the first six weeks of the season. He’ll be missed, but the Ravens defense will still be formidable.

In this week 1 game we can expect a heavy dose of Ray Rice. Last season Rice rushed for 295 yards against the Bengals. When he isn’t running the ball expect 2nd year WR Torrey Smith to be targeted downfield by Joe Flacco in the passing game.

Bengals vs. Ravens Monday Night Football Picks

As the first Monday Night Football game of the 2012-13 NFL season, of course everyone will be watching. For handicappers, of course we’ve been chomping at the bit for months now. Below you’ll see our free picks for this week 1, Bengals/Ravens MNF matchup.

Bengals vs. Ravens Point Spread

The Cincinnati Bengals were 5-1-2 ATS on the road last season, but they lost both games against the Ravens. As mentioned above, they went 0-7 against playoff teams last year, and until the young Bengal cubs can prove that they can beat playoff calibre teams I wouldn’t bet on them.

My bet is on the Ravens point spread of -7 (-110) at BetOnline.com.

Ravens vs. Bengals Money Line

Cincinnati is paying +300 on the money line while the best Ravens money line is currently -360 (as of now, Sunday morning).

Everything says the Ravens will win at home, but the moneyline should be avoided because the odds are too short. Bet the point spread instead.

Cincinnati vs. Baltimore Over/Under Odds

With Suggs out for the Baltimore Ravens, the over/under seems a bit low at only O/U 41.5 points. I bet on the Ravens vs. Bengals to go over the total, as both teams should move the ball effectively. It wouldn’t surprise me to see either defense score a TD as well.

On the Bengals vs. Ravens over/under, I’m taking the over of 41.5 (-110) at BetOnline.

Video of Jon Gruden on this Bengals vs. Ravens MNF Game
Gruden says he’s concerned about the Bengals offensive line. Against this Ravens defense, that could spell a lot of trouble.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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