The Baltimore Ravens may have a tougher game than they want to have against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals aren’t a pushover, easy out this year. Every single game of their 2020 season has been close, that just doesn’t happen if you’re overwhelmingly bad. The Bengals are a much better version of the team that locked up the number one draft pick a season ago. Joe Burrow has played well, he’s making that horrible 2019 look worth it for the Bengals. Do I think the Ravens win? Yes. I just think this is more like the 23-17 win from last season than the 49-13 game.
The Ravens are a team that hasn’t peaked yet and it’s fairly obvious. I think they will have a good game against the Bengals yet they will still have some things to smooth over heading into their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The biggest thing that Baltimore has going for them is that Zac Taylor’s Bengals have the opposite of the Ravens’ number. They can’t figure out what’s up, down, left, or right against Lamar Jackson. Last year Jackson 459 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air in the two contests with the Bengals. He picked up 217 rushing yards and two touchdowns in those two games. The Bengals don’t seem to know what they’re doing against him. The Ravens have won three of their four games convincingly. Baltimore has the edge. Give me the Ravens 35-24 in a good game that just gets out of hand for Cincinnati.
Here are five bold predictions for this game other than the score:
- Lamar Jackson will ease concerns of his two missed practices with a smooth game where he picks up 300 total yards. 220 through the air and 80 on the ground.
- Matt Judon and Tyus Bowser get going in this game, totaling two sacks each
- Gus Edwards will take over the main spot at running back with 100 rushing yards.
- Devin Duvernay has a big day. A 50-yard kickoff return, four receptions for 90-yards, and his first touchdown as a receiver (Just let me believe this one, we’ll see).
- Ravens defense stops the Bengals on a big fourth-down attempt.