Ravens vs. Bengals predictions: Ebony Bird round table
Ian Schultz’s prediction:
The Ravens return home after a gutsy 26-23 OT win over the Steelers and will welcome an 0-5 Bengals team. This is the kind of game the Ravens cannot afford to lose with their schedule strengthening significantly over the next several weeks.
The Bengals have however won eight of the last 11 meetings with the Ravens. Andy Dalton typically performs well against the Ravens but the Bengals will be without WR’S John Ross III and A.J. Green. Green has historically had his way with the Ravens so it is a welcomed site not to see #18 lining up on the other side. Tyler Boyd is currently their biggest threat with running back Joe Mixon being the second best option. The Ravens defense gets a cupcake offensive line in the Bengals and should be able to get their struggling pass rush going.
On the offensive side of the ball, look for the Ravens to be successful on the ground against one of the worst running defenses in the NFL. Heavy dose of Mark Ingram is the way to go Sunday for the Ravens especially with Hollywood Brown missing substantial practice this week with some nagging injuries.
I think this game is inevitably closer than we think because this is the Ravens we’re talking about. Give me the Ravens with a 26-22 win over the Bengals to get to 4-2 on the season.