The Baltimore Ravens are 1-0, but every fan knows that a huge test lies ahead when they head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. The Ravens limp in after week one, and the Bengals are 0-1 and looking to make things right. This will be a tough test. What are the most important ways for the Ravens to beat the Bengals in week two?
3. Can the Baltimore Ravens get after Joe Burrow?
The Baltimore Ravens have to get after Joe Burrow if they want to win this game. Burrow still has a calf injury, and while he is playing through it, it is clear that his mobility was impacted. What also was clear in the Bengals' week one loss to the Cleveland Browns was that he was struggling when the pressure came.
The Bengals' offensive line had a rough go of it. Orlando Brown is still new to the offense and learning. On the right side, they have Jonah Williams switching sides. These two can be good, but they are going through transitions and had their issues on Sunday. Odafe Oweh and Jadeveon Clowney combined for 12 pressures against the Texans on Sunday. Oweh had a strong showing against Laremy Tunsil, so he could be ready to take that next step and beat Orlando Brown.
Still, the big weakness for the Bengals is their interior. Cordell Volson remains the weak link, but Alex Cappa looked rusty off an injury, and Ted Karas is just an average center who can be beaten. Michael Pierce has to beat Karas, and you should like the Ravens' chances of Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington making plays against Volson and Cappa.
If the Ravens cannot win this matchup, the Bengals will expose them in the back end. However, if Burrow is still a bit less mobile, and the Ravens line is crashing down on him, the secondary will be spared.