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Ravens open as 3 point favorites to beat Bengals in Week 12

This seems odd (no pun intended). At this point, I’d imagine the Ravens should be more than three point favorites to beat the Bengals.

Baltimore Ravens v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images

The Bengals suffered a significant beating in Week 11 against the Bills. Following that loss, it’s safe to say a number of impact players will not play next week when the Bengals travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.

Giovani Bernard is done for the season, A.J. Green is out indefinitely, Dre Kirkpatrick and Shawn Williams are both injured, as is long snapper Clark Harris. Vontaze Burfict, Vincent Rey and Tyler Eifert all also were injured in Week 11, but did each return to play against the Bills.

Next up for the Bengals is a division rival who Cincinnati has beaten five times in a row and six of the last seven times they’ve played. Can the beaten up Bengals taken down the Ravens and their top ranked defense? has released their opening odds for Week 12 in the NFL, and even with all of their injuries and the terrible play they’ve put on dispay this season, the 3-6-1 Bengals are only three point underdogs against the 5-5 Ravens.

The Ravens are coming off a loss to the Cowboys, but have wins over the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars, and Browns (twice). In reality, the Ravens haven't beaten any good teams, unless you consider the 5-5 Steelers a good team. And, the Jets are one of the teams that have beaten the Ravens. The Giants, Redskins and Raiders also have that honor. So, maybe a beaten up Bengals squad can beat the division leading Ravens.

If the Bengals beat the Ravens next week, the Steelers would claim temporary first place in the division, assuming they beat the Colts on Thursday night.

Here are the NFL Week 12 opening odds from

Bengals at Ravens (-3, 41.5)

Vikings at Lions (-3, 42)

Redskins at Cowboys (-7, 51)

Steelers (-2, 53) at Colts

Chargers at Texans (PK, 46)

Titans (-2, 45.5) at Bears

Jaguars at Bills (-7, 47)

Cardinals at Falcons (-4.5, 51)

49ers at Dolphins (-7, 46.5)

Rams at Saints (-7, 46)

Giants (-7, 45) at Browns

Seahawks (-4.5, 45) at Buccaneers

Panthers at Raiders (-4, 44)

Chiefs at Broncos (-3.5, 40.5)

Patriots (-9, 48) at Jets

Packers at Eagles (-3, 45)