Bengals-Ravens betting spread widens on Lamar Jackson news

The Bengals are taking in 84% of all bets being placed on the game.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) finds running room in the second quarter during...
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) finds running room in the second quarter during the NFL Week 5 game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Oct. 9 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.(Kareem Elgazzar | The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Published: Jan. 12, 2023 at 6:05 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The Bengals are now 9.5-point favorites against the Ravens for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game at Paycor Stadium, according to Vegas Insider.

The spread jumped from -6 to -8 after a report surfaced late Wednesday that Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was likely to miss the game. The spread originally opened at Bengals -5.5.

Some speculation remained that the Ravens were putting up smoke and mirrors, but Jackson himself put that to bed Thursday evening.

Jackson, who has missed the last five games, described his injury as a PCL grade 2 sprain on the borderline of a strain 3.

“I wish I could be out there with my guys more than anything but I can’t give a 100% of myself to my guys and fans I’m still hopeful we still have a chance,” he said.

Ravens backup quarterback Tyler Huntley did not play last week against the Bengals with shoulder soreness. Third-string quarterback Anthony Brown started in his place and was mostly ineffective.

Huntley was limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Huntley was a full participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, the Ravens’ injury report shows.

The Ravens’ quarterback situation may not be the only reason for the spread moving to -9.5, as Mitchell South at SportsBettingDime explains.

“The Ravens were also missing JK Dobbins, Kevin Zeitler, and Marcus Peters,” South said about the Week 18 game. “All three of those players are expected to be back for the wild card matchup. So, it’s difficult to say the two-point shift is solely an indication of Tyler Huntley over Anthony Brown.”

[Thursday’s full injury report]

The Bengals are taking in 84% of all bets being placed as well as 89% of the money to cover the 9.5-point spread, according to Legal Sports Betting.

Since 2000, teams have been favored in the wild-card round by 7-10 points 13 times. The favored teams are 11-2 straight up in that span and 7-6 against the spread, according to Paul Dehner Jr. with The Athletic.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the Super Bowl favorites with 12% of the bets at +350, according to Odds Checker.

The San Francisco 49ers at +500 are drawing the most bets with 17.7% of all wagers placed.

The Bengals are +850 to win the Super Bowl and are drawing 15.9% of the bets.

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