The Ravens are a heavy favorite (-12.5) against the Bengals, though Lamar Jackson‘s history doesn’t support a blowout on Sunday. Jackson, who was nursing a knee injury leading into the weekend but will play, is just 4-8 against the spread as a home favorite (via the Action Network).
In addition to Jackson, wideout Marquise Brown and left tackle Ronnie Stanley is good to go after both were questionable heading into Sunday. Still, Cincinnati gets back stud defensive tackle Geno Atkins and that, coupled with Joe Burrow‘s ability to make plays while facing a ferocious pass-rush should be enough to keep this game closer than expected.
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