The Bengals get their first shot at this year’s Ravens team. The circumstances aren’t great as Baltimore is looking to extend its lead on the division, and Cincinnati is looking to earn Zac Taylor his first win as the Bengals’ head coach.
Of course, the Bengals have held their own in this rivalry over recent seasons, despite Cincinnati having some down years. Two years ago, they upset the Ravens in Week 17 to keep them from getting to the playoffs, and last year, A.J. Green put on a show during Thursday Night Football with three touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Green will be sidelined with an ankle injury he suffered the first day of training camp, and the Bengals have struggled to look like a competitive NFL team for an entire game since Week 1.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson and this creative offense that takes advantage of his ability to run the ball have been the story for Baltimore so far this season. Jackson has at least proved that he is closer to the player than many projected as an early first-round pick and less of a tweener player that should consider a positional change.
The Bengals will have a tall task trying to slow this offense down. The defense has done all it can do to keep Cincinnati within striking distance of most games, but by the end, they’ve been too tired to shutdown opposing offenses when necessary.
One thing the defense has really struggled with has been containing mobile quarterbacks and stopping outside runs. This is going to be something they see plenty of on Sunday against the Ravens.
What are you expecting to see when the Bengals head to Baltimore to challenge the Ravens?
Cincinnati Bengals (0-5) at Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Date/Time: Oct. 13th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Maryland
TV Broadcast: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington.
Broadcasters: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst) and Jay Feely (sideline reporter).
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).
Live Online Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
SB Nation Raven’ site: Baltimore Beatdown
Weather: Mid 60’s, partly cloudy [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals, +8.5 [Odds Shark]
Replays: Check local listings on NFL Network or NFL Game Pass