After notching a 24-19 win over the San Diego Chargers last week, the Bengals are now 2-0 and atop the AFC North. Meanwhile, the Ravens are coming off a brutal 37-33 loss to the Oakland Raiders. That put them at 0-2 and in last place in the AFC North.
Needless to say, this is a must--win game for the Ravens in their home opener. The Bengals have a great chance to bury the team many picked to win the AFC North this year by sending them to an 0-3 start. Baltimore has never begun a season 0-2 under John Harbaugh, so 0-3 would be another first if Cincinnati handles their business. In fact, since the inception of the Ravens in 1996, the team has never started a season 0-3. It's the only NFL club to never start a season 0-3.
Making this game even more crucial for Baltimore is that they'll have a short week as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4 on Thursday Night Football. It's really had to see Baltimore winning that game, so if they lose to the Bengals this week, an 0-4 start to their season is a very realistic possibility.
Here is everything you'll need for watching and following this AFC North clash.
Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (0-2)
Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
Game Time: 1 p.m. EST
Date: Sunday, Sept. 27
Bengals Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). SIRIUS: 81 (Cin.), 84 (Oak.). XM: 227 (Oak.).
Weather: 88 percent chance of rain and 68 degrees [Weather Underground]
Online streaming: NFL Sunday Ticket
Odds: The Ravens are 1.5-point favorites according to OddsShark.
Opponent Reading: For more on the Ravens, check out Baltimore Beatdown