Week 17 NFL Pick - Expect Ravens To Be In Better Shape vs. Bengals

Baltimore Ravens team making entrance to field

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 3:37 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 3:37 PM GMT

The Ravens look to finish with a winning record on Sunday when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals. Here’s a breakdown complete with SU, ATS and Total Picks.

  

Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals

 

Point Spread Value

The Baltimore Ravens boast an 8-7-0 SU and 7-8-0 ATS record for 2016, which includes a 2.6 winning margin and +2.0 differential versus the spread. Although they’re coming off a divisional loss to the Steelers in week 16 they are in much better shape than the Cincinnati Bengals overall. So it’s with some surprise they’re trading as the significant underdogs to the 5-9-1 SU and 6-9-0 ATS Bengals, a run of form that includes a -0.5 losing margin and -1.6 differential versus the spread. Bengals might be the hosts in week 17 NFL betting but they threw in the towel ages ago. Take the points with the Ravens.



Free NFL Pick: Ravens +2.5 (-105)Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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The Survivor

A bitter 31-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday eliminates the Baltimore Ravens from the playoffs for the third season in a row. All that’s left is to finish the season with a winning record. Then go back to the drawing board. Consider the Bengals are long out of the frame and sporting a two-game losing streak, the 8-7-0 SU Ravens must feel confident about their chances of accomplishing such a feat –small consolation though it is. Divisional rivalries are never that straightforward and the Bengals’ 5-9-0 SU record mustn’t be taken for granted, but push comes to shove the Ravens strike the better pose on the NFL odds board.

 

Free NFL Pick: Ravens +120 Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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 Game Total

In recent weeks the Ravens have found their offense and improve to a 7-8-0 OVER record following four straight OVERs at the sports betting exchange. The same can’t be said of the Bengals, who are riding three straight UNDERs going into week 17. In a meaningless game, it’s a tossup whether either team will even get up for this clash. Assuming finishing with a winning record that matters to the Ravens this could be a game that goes against the grain.

 

Free NFL Pick: Over 41 (-105)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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