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December 29th, 2012

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Week 17 NFL Pick: Ravens vs. Bengals Under 41
The Ravens enter the battle with a 10-5 SU record, while the Bengals fresh off their upset of Pittsburgh land at 9-6 SU. Against the spread Cincinnati brings a higher margin of financial success with an 8-6-1 ATS mark. They have covered 6 of 7 after their Steelers money earner. Winning (33-14 NYG) last week the Ravens brought home another AFC North title. They have ravaged opponents for 381 points this season and look to surpass their all time record performance. However, the Bengals are jelling late in the season and own a 5-2 SU mark at home in this series. In week #1 Baltimore crushed Cincy 44-13, so REVENGE is a viable antidote. The defense has been the keynote session for the Bengals restricting the opposition to just 12.1 points per game over the last 7 weeks. So, I believe the Ravens offensive keys won’t be there this week as in their route of the Giants. We look for a low scoring game in a classic Eastern battle on the last weekend of the season. FORECAST: Under 41.5 -Brad Diamond

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Week 17 NFL Pick: Cincinnati Bengals -2.5
Cincinnati has really turned things around this season, going 6-1 over their last seven games, including a big win last week over the Pittsburgh Steelers that locked up the sixth seed in the AFC. The team’s only loss during that stretch was to the Dallas Cowboys and came on a last second field goal to lose by a single point. Baltimore on the other hand is headed the opposite direction. Sure they beat the NY Giants last week but in the three weeks prior were a home loss to Pittsburgh without Big Ben, at Washington, and a 17 point defeat at home to the Denver Broncos. The only thing I don’t love about this game is that it doesn’t mean anything to Cincinnati. Sure, if they win they can claim a share of the division title, and that might mean something to a team with such a poor history, but they can’t move up to the five seed. Without knowing their motivation and if they will rest their starters for the playoffs, I’m only going to play this one for action. -Jimmy Boyd