The Ravens and the Bengals have faced each other 55 times throughout history. Baltimore holds a 28-27 tiny edge that Cincinnati will try to bring to a draw on Sunday.
The recent history of the rivalry is heated and unbalanced, though, with Cincy beating the Ravens on their last two, back-to-back games played last January to put an end to the regular season and then send Baltimore home in the AFC Wild Card round.
Baltimore (1-0) is looking at a rather fantastic start to the 2023 season if the Flock can come out of the Jungle with a victory, as that would mean going two games up the Bengals (0-1) following their Week 1 loss to AFC North rival Cleveland.
This matchup won't win Baltimore nor Cincy the Super Bowl, but you while you cannot clinch the chip in September, you can start losing it if you don't put on solid results early. And let me tell you, starting 2-0 with Cincy going down 0-2 is something Baltimore and all Ravens fans would be ecstatic about.
Here are four battles that could shape the outcome of Sunday's game and end up deciding the matchup between Bengals and Ravens in Week 2 of the 2023 regular season, with the kick-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET at the Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.