TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium
Weather: High 58, Low 40
Line: Cincinnati (-1.5)
The Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the best teams in the AFC after a lethargic first few games of the season. However, they are coming off a loss to the Miami Dolphins on the road. Andy Dalton struggled mightily in the game against the Dolphins but has otherwise been solid this season, passing for 2,587 yards and 18 touchdowns on the year. The third-year quarterback is on pace to break all of his previous career-highs. Garnering most of the blame for every loss and struggle offensively, Dalton has still managed to put up solid numbers. A.J. Green has been a big reason for Dalton’s success, and vice versa. Green has 57 catches for 862 yards and seven touchdowns on the year for the 6-3 Bengals. Giovani Bernard is quickly becoming one of the best young running backs in the nation, rushing for 361 yards and four touchdowns.
One year removed from a Super Bowl victory, the Baltimore Ravens are a completely different team. Last season, Anquan Boldin was the team’s top receiver and Ray Rice was running all over opponents while Joe Flacco was passing the ball to perfection in the playoffs. Boldin is not with the team anymore, Rice has averaged just 2.7 yards per carry this season and Flacco has gotten very little help from any receiver not named Torrey Smith. Flacco has passed for 2,167 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, hitting Smith 36 times for 707 yards and one touchdown. The next closest receiver is Marlon Brown who has 297 yards but five touchdowns. Like I said earlier, Rice is struggling on the ground, rushing for just 259 yards and three scores this season.
Defensively, the Bengals give up the sixth-least points per game in the league and the fifth-least total yards per game this season. They rank 11th and 10th in passing yards and rushing yards, respectively. The Ravens were one of the best defensive teams last season and rank in the top-10 in most major categories this season as well. Allowing just 100 rush yards per game, the Ravens rank 10th in total yards allowed.
PREDICTION: Bengals 24, Ravens 33