The moment we’ve all been waiting for is fast approaching. Cincinnati Bengals football returns on Sunday afternoon as the Baltimore Ravens come to Paul Brown Stadium for the first home opener of the Andy Dalton and A.J. Green era in Cincinnati.
The Bengals ended the 2016 season with a win against the Ravens and that’s hopefully how they’ll start the 2017 season, too.
The Bengals will be missing some key faces as linebacker Vontaze Burfict (who just received a massive contract extension) and cornerback Adam Jones are serving suspensions to open the year. Starting safety Shawn Williams will also miss the game due to a dislocated elbow. Two members of the Bengals’ offense, first round rookie receiver John Ross and third year tight end C.J. Uzomah are also expected to miss the game with knee and ankle sprains respectively.
For the Ravens, quarterback Joe Flacco is fresh off a back injury that kept him out of training camp and the preseason. Cornerback Jaylen Hill has missed practices this week with a thigh injury and cornerback Sheldon Price is recovering from a concussion.
Dalton has 11 career games against Baltimore, with a 6-5 record. He is 233-for-402 passing (58.0 percent) for 2,918 yards (265.3 yards per game), with 12 touchdowns and (77.1 rating) against the Ravens. Dalton’s best game statistically against the Ravens was a 2015 comeback win at Baltimore when he passed for a career-high 383 yards and a 122.3 rating.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Bengals vs Ravens Week 1 NFL matchup, an AFC North rivalry game that could set the tone for the season.
How to watch:
Date/Time: Sunday, September 10th, 2017 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV Broadcast: CBS broadcast with Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst) and Melanie Collins (sideline reporter).
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), 133 (NYJ). XM: 381 (Cin), 229 (NYJ)
Ravens SB Nation: Baltimore Beatdown
Weather: Sunny and 67 degrees with no chance of rain [NFL Weather]
Odds: Bengals opened as a 1-point favorite; now 3-point favorites.
Uniform: White tops and white bottoms.
Series Leader: Tied at 21-21
Streak: Bengals have won six of the last seven meetings.
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (17-10), John Harbaugh (7-10)