Bengals vs. Ravens Week 5 Prediction: Which AFC North Team Wins the Sunday Night Football Affair?

Devon Platana

Week 5 of the 2022 NFL season is here, bringing several interesting matchups to look forward to. This week’s Sunday Night Football matchup is an AFC North showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.

After a disappointing 0-2 start, the Bengals have begun to build some momentum. They scored a 27-15 victory over the Miami Dolphins last week and while a big part of that win was due to Tua Tagovailoa’s injury, Cincinnati proved that it still has gas in the tank.

Meanwhile, the Ravens came up short in a close 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 4. Despite holding the ball for over 38 minutes, Baltimore’s offense couldn’t generate much against Buffalo’s stout defense, producing only 296 total yards.

Betting News has gathered the latest Bengals vs Ravens odds from FanDuel Sportsbook to help shed some light on the situation, along with a prediction and best bets for the NFL Week 5 game.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens Week 5 Matchup Information and Betting Odds

Matchup Information

  • Matchup: Cincinnati Bengals (2-2, 1-1 Away) vs. Baltimore Ravens (2-2, 0-2 Home)
  • Venue & Location: M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:20 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Bengals vs Ravens Info: NBC

Bengals vs Ravens Odds

Game odds are via FanDuel as of Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9:22 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.

Spread

  • Cincinnati Bengals +3 (-104)
  • Baltimore Ravens -3 (-118)

Over/Under

  • Over 48.5 Points (-110)
  • Under 48.5 Points (-110)

Moneyline

  • Cincinnati Bengals +150
  • Baltimore Ravens -178

Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens Betting Trends

  • Cincinnati is 3-9 straight up in its last 12 games played in October.
  • Baltimore is 6-4 straight up in its last 10 games against Cincinnati.
  • Cincinnati is 5-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last seven games against the AFC North.
  • Baltimore is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games against the AFC North.
  • The total has hit the under in each of Cincinnati’s last nine games.
  • The total has hit the under in six of Baltimore’s last eight games as the favorite.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens Prediction and Picks

Bengals vs Ravens Prediction: Ravens 30, Bengals 23

Bengals vs Ravens Picks: Ravens -3 (Best Value: -118 at FanDuel) & Over 48.5 Points (Best Value: -110 at FanDuel)

This game should be an entertaining one. Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson are two of the best young quarterbacks in the game, so any chance to see the pair face each other is bound to be a treat.

Having said that, this will be the Bengals’ toughest test so far this season. Cincinnati hasn’t exactly faced the who’s who of quarterbacks this season, proven by the list below:

  • Week 1: Mitchell Trubisky
  • Week 2: Cooper Rush
  • Week 3: Joe Flacco
  • Week 4: Teddy Bridgewater (for nearly three quarters after Tagovailoa’s injury)

Needless to say, Jackson should provide a stiffer test than the aforementioned quartet. After all, the Bengals defense has given up an average of 258.3 passing yards over the last three weeks, ranking ninth-worst over that span.

On top of that, Jackson has a career 5-1 record in six starts against the AFC North rival. His stats look solid in those meetings, completing 93 passes for 1,159 passing yards and nine touchdowns to three interceptions. Furthermore, he’s also rushed the ball 79 times for 530 rushing yards and another two TDs.

Can Lamar Jackson continue having success against the rival Bengals?

On the flip side, Cincinnati should see plenty of opportunities to score the ball in this Bengals vs Ravens matchup. Baltimore’s defense looks solid on paper, but it’s played below expectations, giving up 315.3 passing yards (No. 32) and 25.0 points (T-23) per game this season.

It’ll be interesting to see what Burrow does with this opportunity. The Bengals gunslinger has gone 43-of-67 on his passes over the last two games for 562 yards and five TDs without an interception.

Burrow also threw for 525 yards and four TDs the last time he played the Ravens in December 2021, proving that he does have a history of coming up in this all-time series.

Nevertheless, I do expect Baltimore’s defense to come up with big stops when needed. The Ravens did hold the Bills to only 23 points last week and even forced Buffalo to turn over the ball twice. That’s promising considering how the Bengals have turned the ball over six times this season, tied for 12th-most league-wide.

I’m giving the edge here to the Ravens, who have won five of their last seven games against the Bengals. Yes, Cincinnati may have won the last two meetings, but Jackson looks like a potential MVP this season and it won’t be surprising if he uses last week’s loss to the Bills as motivation to do some damage against the Bengals.

With Cincinnati having yet to face a real challenge, I could see Baltimore giving them a dose of reality, covering the three-point spread in the process. On top of that, I could see both sides’ defenses continuing to give up a lot of yards, leading to the total hitting the over — something that’s happened in six of the last nine Bengals vs Ravens tilts.

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Devon Platana
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