Ravens vs. Bengals: Week 2 Betting Preview & Predictions

by | 15 September 2023

The 0-1-0 Cincinnati Bengals host the 1-0-0 Baltimore Ravens at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Bengals have a point spread of -3 with a money line of -120. The over/under total on the game is currently set at 46½ points.

&The Cincinnati Bengals are coached by Zac Taylor who has been with the team since 2019. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 12-4 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andZac Taylor is no different.

The Cincinnati Bengals are coached by Zac Taylor who has been with the team since 2019. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 12-4 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andZac Taylor is no different.

Joe Burrow is the quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. The 27-year-old LSU alum entered the league in 2020 and is looking for a win in front of the home crowd here. Thus far this season he has started 1 games and throw for 82 yards with a completion percentage of 45.2 percent. Joe Burrow has thrown 0 touchdowns against 0 interceptions and has a QB Rating of 52.2.

His main target will be Ja’Marr Chase. The home crowd would love to see some fireworks from the 23-year-old target. He has made 5 receptions to date on 9 targets, a catch percentage of 0.556, for a total of 39 yards. Ja’Marr Chase is averaging 7.8 yards per catch with 0 touchdowns thus far. Joe Burrow will be looking to connect with him for more here.

The Cincinnati Bengals running game is lead by the 27-year-old Joe Mixon. A big game from him could be the key to controlling the clock here. He’s taken 13 carries and rushed for 56 yards thus far this season. His yards per game currently sits at 56 yards per game, a number that you know Zac Taylor would love to see him exceed in this game. Joe Mixon has 0 touchdowns this season and 0 fumbles.

Their kicker is Evan McPherson who has made 1 of 2 field goals this season, a 0.5 field goal percentage, with a long of 42 yards. The Cincinnati Bengals fans don’t want to see him too much, but it’s good to know he can hit one if needed.

Overall, the Cincinnati Bengals offense ranks 31 out of 32 teams in Offense DVOA at -0.429292483383974, per FootballOutsiders. This season they have a Red Zone success rate of with 0 Red Zone touchdowns in 0 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Cincinnati Bengals have a Defense DVOA of 0.0796867633703958, ranking 21 in the league.

The Baltimore Ravens are on the road for this one. John Harbaugh’s squad is 1-0-0 this season after going 10-7 last year. He has been at the helm since 2008 and is looking to grab a road win here. The Baltimore Ravens have a betting line of -3 or you could bet them straight up at -120.

26-year-old Lamar Jackson will be under center for this one. He entered the league in 2018 after playing his college days at Louisville. Lamar Jackson has a quarterback rating of 79.5 on 0 touchdowns and 1 interceptions. He’s started 1 games and thrown for 169, a completion percentage of 77.3.

The Baltimore Ravens will look to get the running game going in this match-up and to do that they’ll need a big game from J.K. Dobbins. The 25-year-old back has rushed for 1 touchdowns thus far this season and he’ll look to take it to the house again against the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s taken the hand-off 8 times and added 22 yards for the offense. J.K. Dobbins is averaging 22 yards per game for the season and has lost the ball 0 times. A turnover on the road could be seen as unacceptable for John Harbaugh so he’ll need to protect the ball here.

On the passing front, Lamar Jackson will look to target Mark Andrews against the John Harbaugh defense. Mark Andrews has 0 touchdowns thus far this season and his team will be looking for more here. On the year, he’s been targeted 0 times and made 0 catches for 0 yards. Mark Andrews has a catch percentage of 0 and his yards per reception is 0.

The team will be looking for touchdowns, but they have Justin Tucker to knock down field goals if needed. His season long is a 39 yarder which is always helpful on the road. Justin Tucker has made 1 field goals on 39 attempts, a field goal percentage of 1.

According to FootballOutsiders, the Baltimore Ravens offense has a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of 0.0331360259430697 which ranks at number 16 out of thirty two teams. If they hope to win on the road, they’ll need to do well in the Red Zone. For the year, they have scored 3 Red Zone touchdowns on 5 attempts, a Red Zone percentage of 0.6.

Key Match-ups:

  • Joe Burrow QB Rating of 52.2 vs. Baltimore Ravens Defensive Passing YPG of 196
    Baltimore Ravens have 14 interceptions this year and 5 sacks. They are allowing 18.5294117647059 points per game.
  • Joe Mixon vs. Baltimore Ravens number 5 ranked DVOA Defense
    Opponents are averaging 3.9 yards per carry against Baltimore Ravens and 92.1176470588235 per game.
  • Lamar Jackson QB Rating of 79.5 vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pass Defense
  • The Cincinnati Bengals defense has allowed 20.125 points per game thus far this season. They have sacked the quarterback 3 times and picked him off 13 times.
  • J.K. Dobbins vs. Cincinnati Bengals Defense
    Cincinnati Bengals is giving up 106.625 yards per game on 4.2 per carry thus far this season.