1. The Cincinnati Bengals two edge rushers will determine a lot against the Baltimore Ravens
The Cincinnati Bengals rely heavily on their two edge rushers, Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson. Hubbard missed the Texans game with an ankle injury, and he is not practicing to start this week. Trey Hendrickson has a knee injury. He was a DNP on Monday but did work in a limited fashion on Tuesday.
He is the closest of the five to returning this week, and he is the most important of the five. Hendrickson has 50 pressures, and Hubbard has 29. The two interior starters have 28 and 25. He is their pressure machine, and it would be hard for any of the depth options to replace him.
Last week, they played Cam Sample, a rotational edge over their first-round pick Myles Murphy, because Murphy may not be ready for this type of workload in the NFL.
The Bengals losing Hendrickson and Hubbard would be key, considering Morgan Moses is just returning and gets eased back, and the Ravens are switching Mekari from the right side back to the left.
These are big spots for both, but neither will be tested in this scenario. The Ravens' injury at cornerback will be negated by Tee Higgins. All around, the Bengals may be the more banged-up roster.