Baltimore can put itself in an excellent situation when it comes to the AFC North lead if it can take down Cincinnati for a second time this season on Sunday afternoon. These two teams met in the season opener, with Cincinnati taking home the victory, but things are much different now. Both clubs seem to be different from that opener, with Baltimore playing much better football compared to Cincinnati, even without running back Ray Rice. We like the Ravens on the road in this AFC North battle.

Ravens can make major statement to division with win

With a 5-2 record, the Ravens lead the AFC North division by two games. The team closest to them is Cincinnati, so a win would be a huge help in securing another division crown. Despite losing the opener to the Bengals, the Ravens have played like a post-season team, winning five of their next six games, including three in a row at one point. Baltimore is starting to look like it did when it won the Super Bowl two years ago.

Bengals cannot afford to fall three games back in division race

A loss to the Ravens on Sunday afternoon would put a major damper on the Bengals season and their playoff hopes. Even thought there would still be plenty of time left in the year, the Bengals would be three games out of first in the division behind Baltimore. After starting the season on a 3-0 tear, the Bengals have gone 0-2-1 since, being outscored 107-54. Their defense will be tested against on Sunday by the Ravens potent offense.

When the Bengals host the Ravens for an AFC North game Sunday afternoon, we will use the odds found at to place our bet. We are going to spend 10 percent of our bankroll and put it on the Ravens and the -130 money line as they move to 6-2 on the season and separate themselves from the division.

Ravens vs Bengals 10-26-14