The Bengals have been impressive so far this season, and their display against the Chargers last week, on both sides of the ball, proved it. Defensively, they are 4th in the league in points allowed (16.0) and 6th in yards allowed (300.0), per game, which is something for the Baltimore Ravens to think about, considering how they’ve struggled to score points. QB Andy Dalton has had a great start of the campaign, completing 41 of 60 pass attempts, for 483 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions, and a QB rating of 120.3 (5th in the league). WR A.J. Green and TE Tyler Eifert have been consistent targets for Dalton, combining for more than 260 receiving yards and four scores.
Baltimore Ravens (0-2)
Coming from back-to-back losses on the road against the Denver Broncos (19-13) and the Oakland Raiders (37-33), the Baltimore Ravens play for the first time this season at home and look to avoid a 0-3 start. Last week, against the Raiders, the Ravens’ defensive problems and limitations got exposed. Baltimore got crushed through the air, allowing 351 yards and 37 points, with wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree both gaining over 100 yards passing. Clearly needing help in the secondary, the Ravens traded a 2016 7th-round pick for Miami Dolphins CB Will Davis, earlier this week. Offensively, the Baltimore Ravens haven’t found any rhythm or consistency yet, with QB Joe Flacco completing 50 of 77 pass attempts for 501 yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions (has now has thrown an interception in four of his last six match-ups). The running game has also been very poor, averaging only 91 yards per game, ranking 21st in the league.
With OLB Terrell Suggs out for the rest of season with an Achilles injury, the Ravens pass rush regresses dramatically, allowing more big passing plays. And considering that Andy Dalton has A.J. Green and TE Tyler Eifert, among others, at his disposal, the Bengals might be primed for a good day. Moreover, the Bengals look like the better side in the trenches and their defense also looks tougher and stouter. And if the Ravens’ struggles in putting points on the board persist in this game, they could very well be staring at a 0-3 record.
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