Thursday Night Football Preview: Week 11

Previewing this week's Thursday Night Football from a fantasy and sports betting perspective

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Thursday Night Football Preview: Week 11 We need redemption after last week’s clunker. Fortunately, this week’s Thursday tilt featured two contenders from the tough AFC North. The FullTime Fantasy Thursday Night Football Preview: Week 11 breaks down the fantasy and […]

Thursday Night Football Preview: Week 11 We need redemption after last week's clunker. Fortunately, this week's Thursday tilt featured two contenders from the tough AFC North. The FullTime Fantasy Thursday Night Football Preview: Week 11 breaks down the fantasy and sports betting prospects for the Bengals versus Ravens slugfest. The road through the AFC playoffs currently goes through Baltimore. John Harbaugh's Ravens boast an AFC-best 7-3 mark and will be amped to right the ship after a last-second loss to Cleveland in Week 10. Baltimore's +113 point differential is the best in the league and the club is preparing for this game as if it were a postseason contest. Meanwhile, the Bengals are also coming off of an emotional home loss to a Texans team that Baltimore easily handled in Week 1. The Bengals got off to a rough start thanks to Joe Burrow's calf injury. But Zac Taylor's had won four straight before Week 10. One of Cincinnati's losses came to Baltimore, so the Bengals will be extra motivated to even the score. Baltimore opened as a slight favorite. However, the line has shifted to the Bengals currently listed as 3.5-point underdogs. And the opening total of the game was 43.5. Matchup 
TEAM OFFENSE PASS RUSH YDS/PLAY POINTS
Cincinnati Bengals 27 16 32 23 20
Baltimore Ravens 4 20 1 5 5
It is quite unusual to see the Bengals sporting a bottom-tier offense. But most of those struggles can be attributed to Joe Burrow's preseason calf strain. The Bengals scored one of zero touchdowns in three of their first four games- the main culprit in that 1-3 start. However, things have drastically turned around since that 34-20 drubbing of the Cardinals. Burrow has been the fantasy QB4 over the last four games. Also, the running game has struggled all season. Cincinnati is running for an NFL-worst 74.8 yards per game. Facing the NFL's top run defense, don't expect those numbers to improve on Thursday. While the Ravens rank fourth in the NFL in offense, their performance has fallen flat. Todd Monken's high-octane passing attack hasn't come to fruition. Instead, Baltimore is back to being an old-school Ravens' offense that leads the league in rushing. Also, Baltimore's defense ranks fourth overall while leading the league in fewest points allowed. The Ravens have won four of their last five when hosting the Bengals. Another victory would seriously hamper Cincinnati's postseason hopes. Finally, weather shouldn't be a factor. Gametime temperatures are projected to be 52 degrees with less than a 10% chance of showers. Cincinnati Offense  Cincinnati's passing game has improved at the same rate as Joe Burrow's recovery... How will Thursday's Bengals vs. Ravens game go?

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