Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens 11/16/23 Free Pick, NFL Odds, NFL Predictions

Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) at Baltimore Ravens (7-3)

Game Info: Thursday, November 16th, 2023 at  8:15 p.m. EST (M&T Bank Stadium)

Betting Odds: Bengals ML (+150) - Over/Under (46)

Pick: Bengals ML (+150)

Thursday night takes us to Baltimore for this massive AFC North matchup to open up the 11th week of the NFL regular season. Both of these teams are battling for position not only within the AFC North division, but also within the AFC as a whole and both of them will be looking for a massive victory here on Thursday night as they are both playing their second game in the last four days. Cincinnati and Baltimore both came into this season with very high expectations of winning the AFC North division and making the playoffs and this game could go a long way in deciding both of those things depending on the outcome. The AFC North  is one of the toughest divisions in all of football and it is known for its hard hitting play and you will certainly see more of the same here in this one.

The Cincinnati Bengals come into this game in somewhat of a much win situation as they have fallen back towards the .500 mark. They come into this game with five victories, through their first nine games of the season, and a victory in this game over the Baltimore Ravens would put them in a solid position to remain competitive for the top spot within the division. Quarterback Joe Burrow will have to play a solid game and they will be looking to go on the road and beat Baltimore for the second time this week at their home stadium after Cleveland got the job done last Sunday.

A loss for Cincinnati would put them on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff race and it would put their chances of winning the division in major jeopardy heading into the final seven weeks of the regular season. They will need to overcome the loss of Tee Higgins, as he is expected to miss yet another game, as he has been continuously dealing with injuries over the past several weeks. Cincinnati recently had their four game winning streak snapped in their loss to Houston last week and they will be looking to bounce back in this game and get right back into the win column as they look to pick up their sixth victory of the season.

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The Baltimore Ravens will be looking to bounce back from their loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday as they look to reestablish themselves as the frontrunner in the AFC North division. It was a shocking loss for Baltimore, who led comfortably throughout the majority of the contest but things fell apart for them at the end of the game and they have some issues they will need to clean up in this game on Thursday night against Cincinnati. They come into this game with seven victories on the year and they will be looking for their eighth victory of the season here on Thursday night at home in this huge AFC North divisional matchup. 

Lamar Jackson is playing at an MVP level this season, but he will need to protect the football in this game on Thursday night if Baltimore wants to grab a victory over Cincinnati. Turnovers hurt him in their loss to the Cleveland Browns last weekend. He will be a much less impressive defense this time around and he will be hoping that he has more time in the pocket and more time to make decisions when he doesn’t have a generational edge rusher like Myles Garrett chasing him down. This feels like a must win game for the Baltimore Ravens as they look to remain on top of the division because I lost here and this one would put them underneath Cleveland if the Browns get the win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cincinnati is 2-1 after a loss this season

- Cincinnati is 1-0 as an underdog this season

- Baltimore is 2-2 in the AFC North this season 

I expect this to be a hard hitting game between two quality teams here on Thursday night in Baltimore. I could easily see this one going down to the very final second on the clock with both of these teams trying their hardest to pick up a much-needed victory in the 11th week of the season. Every time these two teams play together, you can expect a hard hitting physical game, and in the end I look for the Cincinnati Bengals to come out with the victory over the Baltimore Ravens. 

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