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Cincinnati Bengals head into Baltimore as favorites against the Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens both need a win this weekend in their first matchup of the season.

Andy Lyons

After enjoying a free weekend with the Bengals playing on Thursday Night Football in Miami, it's time that we inch closer towards the Baltimore Ravens in a game that could be viewed as critical for both teams. It's not just a matter of wins and losses; these teams need confidence right now.

I know there's no such thing as a "bad loss" in the NFL, but if a term ever could be used, then we can't help but to use it against the Miami Dolphins, who won the game in overtime after sacking Andy Dalton for a safety. After winning the Super Bowl last year, Baltimore is 3-5 this season having lost four of their past five games.

Cincinnati heads into Baltimore this Sunday as 1.5-point favorites. The Bengals are 5-3-1 against the spread this season (1-3-1 on the road) while the Ravens match their real-life season record at 3-5 (2-1 at home).

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