Key #2: Get To the Quarterback
If you watched last Sunday’s game, you know what I mean here. The Ravens came out firing against Dak Prescott and put him in an uncomfortable position. He seemed very rattled in the first half, which led to sacks and overthrows. Once he settled down in the pocket, he killed the Ravens defense. The Cowboy’s offensive line was able to keep the Ravens away from Prescott and they paid for it.
Luckily for the Ravens, Andy Dalton is not Dak Prescott. He is a good quarterback, but is not the dual threat that Prescott is. Dalton is prone to making mistakes and the defensive line needs to make him uncomfortable early. Without Green and Bernard, the Bengals two best offensive weapons, it is likely that the offense will struggle. The Ravens defensive line must take advantage of that and force Dalton to make mistakes.
A return of defensive end Elvis Dumervil would be huge. The Dumervil and Suggs pass rush combo has proved to be deadly in recent seasons. I expect those two along with Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams to get after the quarterback.
The Ravens are come off a game that was closer than the score indicated. the absence of Green and Bernard is going to be too much for the Bengals. I think the Ravens will come out with energy at home and get back in the win column.