Greg Cote

The pick for Thursday’s Ravens-Bengals game, and why this game should interest Dolfans

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon celebrated as he ran off the field after the Bengals beat host Indianapolis last Sunday in NFL Week 1. The Bengals host Baltimore this week on Thursday Night Football.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon celebrated as he ran off the field after the Bengals beat host Indianapolis last Sunday in NFL Week 1. The Bengals host Baltimore this week on Thursday Night Football. AP Photo

GREG COTE’S THURSDAY NFL PICK

RAVENS (1-0) at BENGALS (1-0)

Line: CIN by 1

Cote’s pick: CIN, 27-23

TV: 8:20 p.m., NFLN

Early duel for the AFC North lead, two improved offenses and the fact Cincy knocked Baltimore from a playoff spot last season form the potential for an engaging Thursday night matchup. (Miami fans can pick their poison, because chances are at least one of these teams will be a rival for a wild-card playoff spot if the Dolphins get to that point). Ravens have added receiving help for Joe Flacco, but Bengals attack counters with a large boost from the full emergence of RB Joe Mixon. Betting line swung from even to Crows by 1 and then over to Cincy. And I get that. Baltimore is not as all-mighty as sad Buffalo made ‘em look in Week 1. Ravens have the payback incentive here, but the ‘Gals are on a 7-2 run in this series dating to the last meeting of 2013. That plus home is enough for me.

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