Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Week 3 NFL Picks

David Lawrence

Sunday, September 27, 2015 10:30 AM GMT

Cincinnati heads to this AFC North showdown with a 2-0 record after wins at Oakland and over San Diego, while Baltimore is 0-2 with road losses in Denver and Oakland. The Ravens are out to show they're better than 0-2, while the Bengals are still fighting for respect even though they're 0-2. Throw in that it's a divisional game and the stakes will be very high in Baltimore. A win here for the Bengals will show they're for real, while the Ravens will be in a massive hole if they lose. They would go 0-3 for the first time in their franchise history, and they're the only team that has yet to fall into that hole.

Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open:
-3 -100 at Pinnacle
The Ravens opened up as 3-point favorites at home and the NFL odds hasn't moved yet, and it probably won't move more than another half-point, if at all barring any injuries. The Bengals are a good team, but many are still skeptical on whether or not they can take that next step to be great, and they'll have to go through the Ravens. Baltimore have proven that they show up in big games and this counts as a big game. Usually it would be bigger for Cincinnati, but given Baltimore's start to the season, it's huge for the Ravens.

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Injuries
The Bengals don't seem to have any major injuries coming into this AFC North battle. WR A.J. Green didn't practice on Wednesday, but head coach Marvin Lewis (whose birthday was on Wednesday) might have been giving all of the veterans a day off.

RBs Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro had shoulder and knee injuries, respectively, coming into the Oakland game, but they both played. Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe still isn't practicing because of a concussion, but the Ravens have been used to playing without him.

 

Trends
The Bengals are 4-2 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Ravens are 2-5 ATS in their last seven. Cincinnati is a solid 6-4 SU in their last 10 on the road and have covered the spread in half of those games, while Baltimore is 7-3 SU in their last 10 at home, but just 4-6 ATS.

The two have split their last 10 meetings overall, with Cincinnati covering six times while one ended in a push. In Baltimore, the Ravens are 6-4 SU in their last 10 against the Bengals, who are 5-4-1 ATS in those games.

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