On Wednesday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens received confirmation that their kickoff for Sunday’s matchup in Cincinnati will take place at 1 p.m. The stakes of the game are still unknown, however; the Ravens are 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Bengals in the AFC North race as it stands.
If Monday night’s game between Buffalo and Cincinnati does not resume, due to Damar Hamlin suffering cardiac arrest, then a win on Sunday would not guarantee the division title for Baltimore.
Aside from securing the Division title, the Ravens are also looking for a regular season sweep over the Bengals after their intense week 5 match where they get the last laugh behind Justin Tucker’s late-game field goal.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Odds/Game Lines
|BetMGM Maryland Sportsbook Odds||Spread||Total||Moneyline|
|BAL Ravens||+7 (-110)||Over 42 (-110)||+240|
|CIN Bengals||-7 (-110)||Under 42 (-110)||-300|
|FanDuel Maryland Sportsbook Odds||Spread||Total||Moneyline|
|BAL Ravens||+7 (-110)||Over 41.5 (-110)||+260|
|CIN Bengals||-7 (-110)||Under 41.5 (-110)||-320|
Baltimore Hopes for the “Division Crown”
With a lot on the line, the outcome of the Buffalo-Cincinnati game had a direct impact on Sunday’s matchup between the Ravens and Bengals. Depending on who had won, kickoff was either going to be 1 p.m. if the Bengals won or pushed back to 4:25 p.m. if they lost and the Ravens had a chance at snatching the AFC North title. It made for plenty of suspense—when one game caused an entire domino effect that would determine when another game was going to kick off.
“We’d be excited to be playing for the division crown,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s something that we’re hopeful for. That’s really beyond us. Our job is to go win the game.”
Lamar Jackson Injury Update
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been sidelined for over a month with a knee injury, missing his 13th consecutive practice. While coach Harbaugh refrained from speculating whether Jackson will be ready for the start of the playoffs, he did affirm his focus on readying the team for an exciting postseason journey.
With a highly-skilled roster and experienced veterans at the helm, the Ravens hope to still make their mark despite Jackson’s injury status. As every year of football comes and goes, it will all come down to this decisive stretch, as every minute detail could make or break their playoff ambitions.