Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
- Game Time: 1 pm EST on Oct. 11th
- Location: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
- TV Channel: 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 are Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst) and Amanda Balionis (reporter).
- Online Stream: Watch the game online with a free trial of fuboTV
- 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).
- Rosters: Bengals | Ravens
- Series Leader: The Ravens lead the series 25-23.
- Streak: The Ravens have won the past three games.
- Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-2). John Harbaugh (12-12)
- SB Nation Ravens site: Baltimore Beatdown
- Weather: Mid 60’s, possible rain and overcast [NFL weather].
- Odds: The Ravens are 13-point favorites [Odds Shark].
The Bengals don’t get much time to celebrate the first win of the Joe Burrow era. Burrow is instead rewarded with his first opportunity to go up against the Lamar Jackson led Ravens in Baltimore this Sunday.
It will very much be a measuring stick game for the Bengals. The Ravens are a Super Bowl contender, and are arguably the best team in the division. Cincinnati is a young team looking to get to where they are.
Last week, we saw Joe Mixon reintroduce himself behind a 180 yard performance with three touchdowns. What was more impressive was the offensive line actually opening up a few holes. Their performance was by no means perfect, but after the first few weeks, it was refreshing to see Mixon get in the open field and Burrow stay relatively clean without getting sacked.
Baltimore’s only blemish on the season came against the Chiefs. That is a matchup that we will all probably see again in the post season. Other than that, the Ravens have clearly looked like the best team on the field whenever they play. Jackson has missed two practices for the Ravens, but it probably won’t stop him from frustrating the Bengals defense all day.
This game could also tell us how much the new defensive additions have actually helped. Baltimore really worked Cincinnati last year in their second meeting of the year. Jackson seemed untouchable at times, and the run game dominated. The Bengals brought in guys like DJ Reader, Vonn Bell, Logan Wilson and Akeem Davis-Gaither specifically to help against the run and add some much needed speed to help contain Jackson. This isn’t to say we should expect them to stonewall the Ravens, but hopefully there is an improved effort from that side of the ball compared to last season.
An upset this week would really get the league’s attention. Jackson has only lost to the Browns and Chiefs during the regular season, so the Bengals adding their name to the list would be impressive. Burrow also makes this team feel like they are always in every game even this early in his career. It sure would be nice to have a good Who Dey chant two weeks in a row.