NFL Week 17 Pick: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:51 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 3:51 PM UTC

The Bengals simply want this disaster of a season to end, while the Ravens look to clinch a wild-card spot and perhaps ensure Coach John Harbaugh keeps his job. Survivor Pick: Baltimore.

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-9.5, 40.5)

This will almost surely be the last game as Bengals coach for Marvin Lewis. The team almost always hires a coach with ties to the organization and there are reports that Cincinnati is eyeing two of its former offensive coordinators: Browns head coach Hue Jackson and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. That’s obviously if either is let go by their current teams – there could always be a trade too. I don’t see how Jackson survives a 0-16 season should the Browns lose Sunday in Pittsburgh as they should. This could also potentially be it at Cincinnati’s starting QB for Andy Dalton, who has regressed this year. The Bengals can get out of his contract with minimal cost after this season. Maybe they prefer backup A.J. McCarron. While this game means squat for Cincinnati, it means everything for Baltimore. With a victory, the Ravens are the No. 5 seed in the AFC and would go to AFC West champion Kansas City next weekend in the wild-card round. If the Ravens are upset, they can still get in but need help: the Miami Dolphins to beat the visiting Buffalo Bills or the Tennessee Titans losing at home to Jacksonville. The Ravens can’t get in if they lose while both the Bills and Titans win because Baltimore would lose the 9-7 tiebreaker.

  • Ravens are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. AFC North.
  • Ravens are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Free NFL Pick: Ravens -9.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Cincinnati’s season was foreshadowed in Week 1 when it lost 20-0 at home to the Ravens. Dalton was terrible, completing 16 of 31 for 170 yards and a career-high-tying four picks. Joe Flacco wasn’t all that great, either, going 9-for-17 for 121 yards, a TD and a pick. But the Ravens rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown in ending a five-game skid in Cincinnati. It was the first time the Bengals were blanked in a season opener since 1979. Cincinnati could be short-handed here as rookie running back Joe Mixon left Sunday’s 26-17 upset victory over the Lions in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Mixon had missed the previous two games with a concussion. As had top linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who left the Lions victory with a right shoulder injury. Baltimore is on extra rest as it beat the Colts 23-16 on Saturday but didn’t play particularly well. WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) didn’t play. The Ravens have won five of six following a 4-5 start.

  • Under is 8-3 in Bengals last 11 road games.
  • Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Free NFL Pick: Under 40.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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