The Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals in a huge game with massive playoff implications. Both teams are coming off of a loss, but we know that the Bengals are going to be desperate, considering they lost to the Ravens the last time these two teams squared off.
If the Bengals are able to even the series, who are three players that probably made it happen?
3. Will Ja’Marr Chase cause trouble for the Baltimore Ravens secondary?
Ja’Marr Chase is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. If you take away the first two games when Joe Burrow was clearly hurt, you see that Chase is averaging 2.53 yards per route run, which ranks 7th.
He is a different receiver right now. However, Chase has been a different receiver against the Ravens in most contests. Chase torched Wink Martindale twice for 202 yards and 125 yards. The Ravens had enough and moved to Mike MacDonald, who has a scheme that keeps things in check a lot more.
Chase is averaging 7.3 catches per game in the four games that he has played in Baltimore with MacDonald as the defensive coordinator. That is a tick-up from 6.2, which he averaged for his career. However, he is averaging 68 yards per game against the Ravens, which is down from the 87 yards per game he averages for his career.
It shows that MacDonald is bending but not breaking against this defense. Can he keep this up? Marlon Humphrey is out this week but missed the game in week two as well.
Chase will probably see a mix of Brandon Stephens, Ronald Darby, and Rock Ya-Sin on Thursday night. Can he do anything to help the Bengals win against that group?