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NFL Betting: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens opens up the 2008 NFL betting season, and NFL betting fans will get their first taste of all of the football betting action of the year.

On Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals (7-9 in 2007) hit the road to take on the Baltimore Ravens (5-11 in 2007). Kickoff from the M&T Bank Stadium is set for 1:00 PM, and sports bettors can view the game regionally on CBS. HC Marvin Lewis is likely coaching for his job in 2008 after back-to-back average seasons.

The Bengals won just two games on the road in ’07, beating the football betting line for their NFL betting fans in just three of their eight games. For a team that played a 51-45 game against Cleveland in Week 2, Cincinnati finally broke a string of five consecutive ‘under’ games in the final week of the season, when they beat the Miami Dolphins 38-25.

As always, the key to the Bengals in ’08 will be their passing attack, led by former #1 overall draft pick, Carson Palmer. Palmer threw for 4,131 yards and 26 touchdowns last year, but threw 20 interceptions, which tied for the worst mark in the league. The Ravens look to be a tremendous mess going into the 2008 season.

After going 5-11 in ’07, HC Brian Billick was dismissed and replaced by John Harbaugh. No one was worse in the NFL in terms of beating the football odds than the Ravens were last year. NFL betting followers who backed Baltimore went just 3-13 ATS, the worst mark for an NFL team in over a decade.

The Ravens went 4-4 SU and 3-5 ATS at home last season. To make matters worse, potential starting QB Kyle Boller has a shoulder injury, and fellow QB Troy Smith is fighting a viral infection. The only healthy quarterback that has been on the roster since the opening of camp is rookie Joe Flacco who HC Harbaugh reluctantly gave the Week 1 starting nod.

Oddsmakers have made this game a pick ‘em, with the ‘total’ coming in at 39. can handle all of your football betting needs, whether you prefer betting the spread, moneyline, or ‘total’.

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