Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (10-5)
- Date/Time: Jan. 3rd, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST
- Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Series Leader: The Ravens lead the series 26-23
- Streak: The Ravens have won the past four meetings
- Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-3). John Harbaugh (13-12)
- Television: 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: Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Adam Archuleta (analyst).
- Online Stream: Use a free trial of fuboTV to watch the game.
- 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).
- Replay: NFL Game Pass
- Rosters: Bengals | Ravens
- SB Nation the Ravens’ site: Baltimore Beatdown
- Weather: Low 40’s, scattered showers [NFL weather]
- Odds: Bengals open, +13 [Odds Shark]
The Bengals season hasn’t been as great as many had hoped. The biggest downer was rookie quarterback Joe Burrow going down with a major knee injury that puts at least a little bit of his 2021 season at stake. This team also spent most of the year finding different ways to lose close games. However, these past two weeks have shown that this team isn’t rolling over and waiting for the offseason. Upsets against the Steelers and Texans have gone a pretty long way in head coach Zac Taylor securing at least the opportunity to be around in 2021. Can he and this team continue that magic to end the season against a Ravens’ team playing for their postseason lives?
Baltimore is in a very different place then the last two teams Cincinnati upset. The Steelers, despite being on a losing streak at the time, were never really worried about making the playoffs, and the Texans obviously knew they weren’t playing for anything more than pride last week. It is safe to say that the Bengals went out and wanted those games more. The Ravens are in control of their own destiny, and they could still make it even with a loss. The last time these teams met in Week 17 and that was the case, though, it was Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd sending Baltimore home early.
These teams are very different from their 2017 counterparts. A.J. Green and Boyd are two of the biggest holdovers from that year, and this could be the last time we see Green take the field as a Bengal with his contract set to come to an end after a pretty disappointing season that will likely be linked to him playing through an undisclosed injury. Hopefully one of the greatest to ever to take the field for Cincinnati can go out with a good one. Baltimore’s defense will have plenty to say about that though, and Brandon Allen will have to prove the clock didn’t strike midnight as he goes from facing a poor Texans defense to a Ravens defense that really put the pressure on Burrow the last time they met.
The biggest thing to watch for is how well this Bengals defense can contain Lamar Jackson and this Ravens’ offense. They haven’t been as prolific as they were last season, but that is like saying a world record holding sprinter won the race without breaking their own record. They are still one of the best offenses in the NFL, and if Cincinnati can’t keep them under 30 points like they did in Week 5, then they probably don’t have a shot.
Can the Bengals keep the momentum going against the Ravens this week?