Category: Cincinnati Bengals
In the 2023 NFL playoffs, the Buffalo Bills will face the Cincinnati Bengals in a divisional round game. The game will take place on January 22, 2023 at 3:00 PM at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. The home team is aware that the visitors have postseason experience.
A trip to the AFC Championship game is on the line. The Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins last week, which is all you can ask for in the NFL playoffs. It’s the same story this time. In the AFC Championship, Kansas City will face the winner of Buffalo and Cincinnati.
Half of the battle for Buffalo may be overcoming the emotions of this game. The Bills and Bengals faced off in Week 17, but the game was called off after Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field. Regardless of Hamlin’s remarkable recovery, the fact that such a terrifying incident occurred against the Bengals is bound to hit different people differently. Emotions are bound to run high.
This game is also about the Bills dispelling some doubts about their ability to return to the AFC Championship game this season. Buffalo has been a Super Bowl contender since the start of the season, but injuries to the team and a turnover problem for Josh Allen have both hurt them. If Buffalo can put all of this behind them for three hours on Sunday, it will be a game to remember.
Josh Allen is the Bills player to watch. Sometimes it’s just that easy. Allen fumbled three times, lost one, and threw two interceptions in the Dolphins’ win. Of course, that doesn’t always translate to winning football, and the Bills are well aware that this must change if they are to reach the Super Bowl. The quarterback battle is the other half of this equation. Obviously, Josh Allen and Joe Burrow will not face off physically, but the competition level will be high between two of the NFL’s top signal callers. A big game (or a bad game) from Allen could answer a lot of questions about the No. 17’s up and down season.
If you want to place NFL prop bets on Sunday’s thrilling Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Wild Card game, you’ve come to the right place.
We analyzed the game’s highest-probability scripts to determine the most likely outcomes, including which players are likely to outperform expectations and which may fall short. All prop bets are based on DraftKings Sportsbook, BetMGM Sportsbook, or FanDuel Sportsbook, where you can get a $1,000 no-sweat first bet.
Top Bengals vs. Ravens Player Predictions
The following NFL betting picks are based on proprietary PFN predictive analytics drawn from decades of NFL history. I’ve created dozens of models based on this data that show actionable probabilities of better-than-expected and worse-than-expected outcomes.
This Bengals-Ravens rivalry has been lopsided for long stretches since Cleveland moved to Baltimore. After the Bengals began the newly formed rivalry with three wins in four games in 1996. The Ravens won 11 of the next 13 games before Cincinnati won nine of the next twelve. The Ravens then won five of six, and the Bengals won eight of ten.
And now we’ve arrived at the modern era of this rivalry, which began with Lamar Jackson’s first NFL start in 2018. He oversaw a five-game winning streak that included three straight blowouts: 49-13, 27-3, and 38-3.
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However, as is common in this league, a successful rebuild can take two to three years. And the Bengals have won three of four games since the start of the 2021 season. And, based on where these franchises are likely to go, it could be nine out of ten by 2025.
This season, both teams have dealt with significant injuries to key players. The difference is that Baltimore will still be without their franchise quarterback and No. 1 wide receiver. They’ll rely on a strong running game, albeit in a potentially disastrous game script. They’ll rely heavily on their all-star tight end, albeit with a backup quarterback who has frequently appeared outmatched.
In contrast, the Bengals are mostly healthy where it counts, at least in this game. Baltimore’s mediocre pass defense is unlikely to slow Cincinnati’s potent passing attack. Anything they can accomplish on the ground will be a bonus. For Bengals fans hoping for another deep playoff run, the rest will be red meat.
Player Props for Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow has as good a chance as any other current NFL quarterback of breaking Peyton Manning’s single-season touchdown record. The 26-year-old’s 35 touchdown passes (and 4,475 yards) don’t tell the whole story.
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Burrow played in eight games against the top ten pass defenses. Burrow has faced seven of the nine defenses with the most sacks, including one team twice.