Week 10: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
Date/Time: Nov. 10; 1 p.m. ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore, Maryland
Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)
Ravens 2012 record: 10-6 (4-0 playoffs; Super Bowl Champions)
15-19 Ravens (5-12 in Baltimore)
Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Ravens: DE Elvis Dumervil, LB Rolando McClain, S Michael Huff
Key Draft Picks:
Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Ravens: S Matt Elam, LB Arthur Brown, DT Brandon Williams
Coming off their Super Bowl win, the Ravens lost so many of their top players. Future hall of fame linebacker Ray Lewis retired, fellow future hall of famer Ed Reed left for the Texans and they traded key wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the 49ers. They also lost Bernard Pollard, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and several other players. However, John Harbaugh and the Ravens were able to bring in Dumervil and Huff and they had a pretty solid draft, bringing in Elam and Brown to help fill out a depleted defense.
The Ravens and the Bengals have had some pretty close games, and while Harbaugh is a great coach and will likely have the Ravens playing at the best of their abilities, there is a lot of youth and inexperience replacing some of the best players in the league, especially on defense for Baltimore. The Bengals should be able to take advantage. This should hopefully be a good game and it begins a stretch of tough games that goes through the end of the season.