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Free NFL Picks: Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens Predictions 12/31/17

The Cincinnati Bengals will be heading to the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to face the Baltimore Ravens at home this coming Sunday evening at 4:25 PM EST. The lines opened with a 40.5 point game total and a 9.5 point spread for the Ravens to cover. Since then, the game total has dropped by a point while the spread has climbed by half a point. The betting is going against the Ravens covering that spread however with only 35% backing them and 65% against them, in favor of the Bengals.

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The Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. AFC, 5-2 in their last 7 games overall, and 17-7 in their last 24 December games. Their O/U trends are 5-12 in their last 17 games vs. AFC North, 7-16 in their last 23 games overall, and 5-12 in their last 17 games following a win.

The Ravens are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. AFC North, 2-5 vs. a team with a losing record, and 1-4 in their last 5 Week 17 games. Their O/U trends are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. AFC North, 6-2 in their last 8 December games, and 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. The two also share an O/U trend of 3-7 in their last 10 meetings when playing in Baltimore.

The Bengals go 6-9 after beating Detroit 26-17 last Sunday with Andy Dalton going 27-41 for 238 yards, a score, and a pick. Giovani Bernard made 116 rushing yards and a score on 23 carries and A.J. Green made 81 passing yards on 6 receptions. Baltimore goes 9-6 after beating the Colts 23-16 last Saturday with Joe Flacco going 29-38 for 237 yards and 2 scores. Alex Collins made 51 rushing yards on 18 carries while Mike Wallace made 60 passing yards on 4 receptions.

Our Free NFL Prediction: The Bengals are still nursing a lot of injuries, especially on defense with safety Shawn Williams and LBs Vontze Burfict and Jordan Evans all being questionable with injuries. On the other hand, CB Jaylen Hill has been placed on IR for the Ravens and WR Jeremy Maclin is questionable to play here as well, so they’re looking much better in that regard. As Baltimore will also have the home-field advantage and the Bengals have nothing to be playing for, I see the Ravens covering this without much issue.

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