The Cincinnati Bengals travel to Baltimore where they will meet a desperate Ravens team. The Ravens need a win to stay in the playoff hunt after slipping to 4-5 on the season. Everything was going well for the Ravens and almost looking like a lock to be playing January football. That’s why it’s never a wise idea to come to any conclusions after the first or even second month of the regular season.
Baltimore are on a three-game losing streak entering Week 11 following a 23-16 loss to the streaking Steelers. They’ve won just won of their last five games, including a loss to the Browns in overtime. The rest of the schedule was pretty tricky, with a win over the Titans, and then losses against the Saints, Panthers, and Steelers. The Ravens welcome a Cincinnati Bengals team to Baltimore that they have already lost to this season.
The Bengals beat the Ravens on September 13th by a score of 34-24 in Week 2. The Ravens won three of their next four games, including a marquee win over the Steelers, before regressing hard with three losses in a row. Joe Flacco must come out of his shell and demand better play, but that’s likely going to have to wait. With Flacco listed as doubtful, it appears that the Lamar Jackson era begins on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.
This has been long awaited for Ravens’ fans. Really ever since Jackson was drafted, team supporters have been excited to see what he can do. Jackson showed flashes of it in the preseason, and in spots this season to run set plays, but this will be the first time he is in the driver’s seat in the regular season. The Ravens need a spark offensively and we’ll see if Jackson is the shot that they need. Head below for our free Bengals vs. Ravens pick.
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Jackson was one of, if not, the most dynamic college football player in the country last season. Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen may have been selected of Jackson in the draft, but the most fun quarterback to watch was in Louisville. Jackson looks like he may have been the most valuable player to his team, considering how poorly Louisville are this season.
Louisville can’t get a 1st down let alone putting the kind of points they did a season ago. Jackson threw for 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, along with a whopping 1,601 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns on the ground. No defenses have really been able to take note of Jackson’s speed on the field, except for the occasional spot play. He will put it on display Sunday afternoon.
And the most overrated defensive award goes to the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s still common to see people talk about the Bengals’ defense in a positive light. I don’t really know if they’re not paying attention to this season at all or what, but the Bengals’ defense has been atrocious. For all of the hate Andy Dalton gets, the offense has led them to a record of 5-4. Cincinnati are dead last with 454.6 yards allowed per game. The second worst, the Browns, have allowed 419.7 yards per game so it hasn’t really been an argument.
They’ve gotten hit hard with deep ball, allowing 313.3 passing yards for 32nd in the league. They are 31st against the run with 141.2 yards allowed. Everyone knows how well Jackson can run the ball, but he has a deceptive arm that makes him extremely dangerous. Note that the Baltimore defense has given up just 15.75 points per game at home. This is with the Saints and Steelers going through town. Conversely, the Bengals have allowed 33.75 points per game on the road. The Ravens insert their sparkplug into the offense on Sunday and get a much needed victory to keep pace in the playoff picture.