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Three Reasons Ravens Will Cover Spread Against Bengals

Here are three reasons why the Baltimore Ravens will not only win their season-opening Monday Night Football game when they host the Cncinnati Bengals, but cover the point spread (-7.5) along the way to the final score prediction as well:

1. The Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals both made the post season in the 2011 season from the AFC North. However, the Ravens swept the division, including two victories over the Bengals. A 31-24 home victory and a 24-16 road win proved the Ravens had what it takes to put points on the board offensively and do just enough defensively to stop the Bengals offense. Cincinnati kept it close, but neither game was actually as close as the final score indicated.

2. The Ravens not only went 6-0 in the division, but were a perfect 8-0 at home. They are one of the toughest teams to beat at home in the NFL and to open the 2012 regular season at home in front of a national television audience on Monday Night Football should give them a huge advantage even before the opening kickoff. The Bengals were a respectable 5-3 on the road in 2011, but finished 2-4 in the AFC North, losing both games to not only the Ravens but the Pittsburgh Steelers as well.

3. The Baltimore Ravens are clearly the more complete team in this matchup.The Bengals went 2-3 down the stretch last season, followed by a loss in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. They continue to have problems on the offensive line and while they were a tough defense last year, they have not proved they can stop the Ravens offense, as RB Ray Rice ran for over 100 yards in each of their meetings, including close to 200 in the final game of the regular season.

Final Score: Ravens 27-16