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NFL Week 2 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) vs. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

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The lead in the AFC North is on the line on Thursday Night Football.

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NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals don’t get to enjoy their win against the Colts for long, as they will be matched up against the Ravens in the first installment of Thursday Night Football this season.

This will be the second consecutive year that the Bengals will play on a Thursday night in Week 2. They lost in a low-scoring affair to quarterback Deshaun Watson’s Texans last season, and it was the last game Ken Zampese held the distinction of offensive coordinator for the Bengals. His 2017 season ended with the offense scoring just three field goals and no touchdowns at the conclusion of that game.

Such issues on offense don’t concern the Bengals as much this year. Now, they have the chance to take an early lead in the AFC North as the Ravens were the only other team in the division to win on Sunday.

Here is everything you need to know for when the Bengals host the Ravens for Thursday Night Football:

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) vs Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Date/Time: Sep. 13th, 2018 at 8:20 p.m. EST

Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

Streaming: Fubo TV

Series Leader: Series tied at 22-22

Streak: The Bengals have won seven of the last nine.

Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: (18-12) . John Harbaugh (9-11)

TV Broadcast: The game will air nationally on NFL Network and is produced by FOX-TV. In Cincinnati, it also will be carried by WKRC-TV (CBS Ch. 12). Broadcasters are Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (sideline reporter), Kristina Pink (sideline reporter) and Mike Pereira (rules analyst).

Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

SB Nation Ravens site: Baltimore Beatdown

Weather: Mid 70’s, partly cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Ravens, -1.5 [Odds Shark]

Bengals Notes

  • Andy Dalton completed 21 of 28 (75 percent) for 243 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for a 109.7 passer rating last week. He threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions in last meeting with the Ravens. In the past five games against the AFC North, Dalton has 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions for a 101.7 passer rating. He aims for his fourth game in row against the division with two or more passing touchdowns ans no interceptions.
  • Joe Mixon had 149 scrimmage yards (95 rushing and 54 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in Week 1. He had 96 rush yards in his last meeting with Baltimore. In past three against the AFC North, Mixon has 304 scrimmage yards (101.3 per game) and a rushing touchdown. Giovani Bernard aims for his third in a row against the Ravens with over 70 yards from scrimmage.
  • A.J. Green had 92 receiving yards and a touchdown last week. He has 695 receiving yards (99.3 per game) with six touchdowns in the past seven meetings against the Ravens. He has five touchdown catches in the past six at home against the AFC North. In the past two games on Thursday Night, Green has 240 receiving yards (120 per game) and a receiving touchdown.
  • Tyler Boyd had a game-winning 49-yard touchdown catch with 44 seconds remaining in fourth quarter in the last meeting between these two teams. John Ross caught his first-career touchdown last week. Tyler Kroft had two touchdown catches in last meeting, and has six receiving touchdowns in the past five games against the AFC North. Tyler Eifert has a touchdown catch in two of his last three meetings with the Ravens.
  • Geno Atkins has 3.5 sacks in his past four games at home against the Ravens. Carlos Dunlap has sacks in three of his past four meetings with Baltimore. He aims for his third game in a row against the AFC North with a sack. He has six tackles for loss in the past five games against the division.
  • Darqueze Dennard had and 89- yard interception returned for a touchdown in the last meeting. Carl Lawson has 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss in his past two games at home against the division. Safety Clayton Fejedelem had 10 tackles, a forced fumble and an 83-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown last week.

Ravens Notes

  • The Ravens had six different players score offensive touchdowns in Week 1.
  • Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 25 of his 34 passes (73.5 percent) for 236 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 121.7 passer rating last week. He has 760 passing yards (253.3 per game) with five touchdowns and two interceptions in his past three games against the AFC North. Flacco has 3,861 career pass yards against the Bengals, the second most among active quarterbacks.
  • Running back Alex Collins was one of the six Ravens to find the end zone in Week 1. He had 96 scrimmage yards (78 rushing and 18 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in his only career meeting with Cincinnati. Collins has 314 scrimmage yards (104.7 per game) and two rushing touchdowns in his past three games against the AFC North. Running back Javorius Allen also rushed for a touchdown last week. He had 71 rush yards in his last road game against the Bengals. Running back Kenneth Dixon had a rushing touchdown in Week 1. He has 143 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in his past two ames against the Bengals.
  • Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has 26 touchdown catches since 2015, tied for fourth in the NFL. Wide receiver John Brown had a touchdown catch in his last game against the Bengals (11/22/15 with the Cardinals). He has 304 receiving yards (101.3 per game) and two touchdowns in three career games against the AFC North.
  • Linebacker Terrell Suggs had two sacks and a forced fumble in his last road game against Cincinnati. He has five sacks and three forced fumbles in his past five games against the Bengals. Linebacker C.J. Mosley had eight tackles and an interception in his last game at Cincinnati. In his past six games against the AFC North, Mosely has 55 tackles (9.2 per game), two forced fumbles and an interception. Since entering NFL in 2014, he is the only player with over 450 tackles (474), eight sacks and eight interceptions.
  • Safety Eric Weddle has three interceptions in his past five games against divisional opponents. Linebacker Matthew Judon had a sack in the last meeting. He aims for his third game in a row with a sack against a divisional opponent. Corner back Brandon Carr aims for his third game in a row with an interception in Cincinnati.