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Ravens vs. Bengals Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

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Sunday, January 1, the Baltimore Ravens (8-7) take on the Cincinnati Bengals (5-9-1). The game will be played at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Read on for our Ravens vs. Bengals prediction and preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, Cincinnati wins the match-up between the two teams 62.8 percent of the time. The spread also suggests that the Bengals are favored to win the contest.

Spread: Bengals -2.5

Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Channel: CBS

Ravens vs. Bengals preview:

Despite being up 20-10 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens collapsed and lost to the Steelers 31-27 last Saturday, sealing their fate. Their matchup against the Bengals this Sunday is ultimately meaningless, as neither team has a mathematical chance to make the playoffs. However, the Ravens do have something to play for. Wednesday, WR Steve Smith announced that he'd be retiring after this season. They'll definitely want to send the legendary wideout off into the sunset with a win over a division rival.

The Bengals lost an unwatchable game to the Texans on Saturday night, 12-10, and proved to everyone watching that the Texans shouldn't be allowed in the playoffs, and should instead be replaced with another, more capable team. Getting a win over the Ravens would be a nice consolation to end the year on, but other than that it's been quite a forgettable season for the Bengals.

Ravens vs. Bengals prediction:

Ravens are taking this game. They're the better team, and they'll be playing all out in order to send Steve Smith off the right way. I'm predicting seven catches and touchdown for the future Hall of Famer.

Ravens 24, Bengals 20