Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Baltimore for a big time matchup against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. On a normal Sunday, M&T Bank Stadium would be packed to capacity causing the rookie Burrow to use a silent count.
It’s a lot different for a rookie quarterback playing in a quiet environment versus a loud atmosphere. Burrow hasn’t experienced it yet, at least in the NFL. Baltimore isn’t a place a young quarterback would like to go with fans in the seats.
Having said that, Burrow has been cool as a cucumber in his rookie campaign. Just his demeanor and body language doesn’t come off as a young rookie. He isn’t going to be perfect in his first season, and he is going to make mistakes and use it as a learning opportunity, but even in defeat like that, Burrow doesn’t look flustered or frustrated after running into problems.
The Bengals have a good future ahead of them, though expecting the playoffs this season is likely out of reach. They head into Baltimore with a record of 1-2-1. They lost to the Chargers in a close contest in Week 1, 16-13, and fought hard in defeat against the Browns as well. The Bengals lost that one by a score of 35-30 the following week.
Burrow’s first NFL win came last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw for 300 yards with a touchdown and an interception. That was possible because of the ground game with Joe Mixon. Mixon had a big performance, as he gained 151 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 yards per carry. He is expected to be banged up going into Sunday, but going to play at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens are fresh off a textbook 31-17 win over the Washington Football Team in Week 4. This was after they looked lost on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs. Lamar and the offense couldn’t put anything together, but the response, albeit against an inferior Washington team, was encouraging.
Jackson threw for 193 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for 53 yards and a score on the ground. They didn’t have to do anything to exotic against a bad Washington offense in that contest. The Ravens are a 3-1 team entering Week 5 on Sunday afternoon. Head below for our free Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens pick for October 11, 2020.
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The main concern for the Bengals, and any team facing the Ravens, has to be slowing down their vaunted rushing attack. There’s no secret what the Ravens want to do offensively. Slowing down Lamar Jackson and the backfield of the Ravens is a big challenge, though. The Ravens are second in the NFL with 5.4 yards per carry.
The only surprise with that is the fact that the Browns are the only team ahead of the Ravens in that regard. Conversely, the Bengals have been one of the worst in the league at defending the run. They’ve gotten gashed multiple times this season, and now must deal with the Ravens on the road. The Bengals are getting clipped for 4.9 yards per carry on the ground defensively.
With 634 rushing yards conceded through four weeks, they rank near the bottom of the league. And really the Bengals have only played one team who can run the ball effectively so far. The Browns can run the football, but the Chargers, Eagles, and Jaguars aren’t regarded as top rushing offenses. Baltimore certainly is one of the best and probably have the Bengals’ defense on their heels in this one.
The Ravens’ defense has looked good against every team not named the KC Chiefs. In their first game without slot corner Tavon Young, the Chiefs scored 34 points on the Ravens in a 34-20 final. However, giving up big points against the Chiefs isn’t anything new. Against their three other opponents, the Ravens have been sharp with 13 points conceded per game.
I am a Joe Burrow fan, and I’ve been one since he was a college quarterback at LSU. He was the right pick at No. 1 by the Bengals. Burrow has passed for 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 65.54% completions. You can’t expect much more from a rookie quarterback through four career starts. However, this is by far the biggest challenge of his young career in Baltimore.
Joe Mixon picking up chunk yardage on the ground has helped him out tremendously in his career so far. Mixon has been good, but I can see the Ravens drawing something up to stop him. The Ravens are conceding less than 100 yards on the ground per game.
I can see the Ravens forcing the Bengals into plenty of 3rd and longs, which is right where Don Martindale wants a rookie quarterback. The looks a bit trappy, in the same sense that the Miami Hurricanes were a trap with all those points last night against Clemson. Look for the Bengals to keep this game close in the first half, though the levy likely breaks on them in the second. I see a 35-20 win for the Ravens.