Baltimore earned a lot of respect last week in battling the Cowboys close. The Cowboys are in a league above a lot of teams and there was no shame in the result of that contest.
In this game the Ravens take on a banged up Bengals team. Not only are the Bengals having an atrocious season, but also they’ve lost arguably their two best strike weapons on offence. Aj Green, arguably one of the best receivers in the league and possibly the most valuable receivers in the league is out for this contest. Giovanni Bernard joins him on the injured list. Bernard’s impact can’t be underestimated, as he’s been a prime blocking candidate for most of Dalton’s throws this season. With him gone, that Baltimore pass rush could have a feast on the Cincinnati’s red rifle.
Cincinnati has only covered 8 of the last 25 games against the Ravens, and 0 of 5 of its recent road games. Cincinnati has had a good record against the Ravens in recent years, but for the same reason we bet against the Bengals and won last week, this isn’t the same Bengals team of the last 4 years. Their defence is weaker, their offence has become more one-dimensional and challenged and Baltimore are the exact type of team that can take advantage of this.
Cincinnati beat Baltimore twice last year and I know coach Harbaugh will be reminding his team of that in preparation for this game.