The Cincinnati Bengals were sitting pretty last week after winning four games in a row, ending with a 49-9 drubbing of the New York Jets. Andy Dalton was playing his best football yet as a pro, but in the blink of an eye the Bengals hit a road bump. In a Thursday night match up against the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati played arguably its worst game of the year and fell in overtime by way of a safety — a truly bizarre scene.
Now at 6-3, the Bengals have the opportunity to rebound against a struggling Baltimore Ravens team that is currently 3-5 and looking like they have no shot to make the postseason. The Ravens continue to play with a lack of intensity and heart on the field, leading to a very less than satisfactory season.
The biggest struggle for Baltimore is their run game that ranks 29th in the league. With a back like Ray Rice, you’d think the Ravens would muster more than 71.6 yards per contest, but to no avail. That does not bode well for Baltimore as the Bengals are ranked 10th in the league against the run.
Where this game will be won is at the quarterback position. The Bengals haven’t been bad on the ground, but they continue to allow BenJarvis Green-Ellis more touches than Giovani Bernard. Until that changes, Dalton will be the one winning games for Cincinnati. He’s going to have to shake off his latest three interceptions against Miami and come to play against a division rival this week.
With a win, the Bengals can begin to feel better about themselves and put the loss against Miami behind them. At 7-3, they would be clear front runners and favorites to win the division without anyone chasing them, giving them a run for their money. Dalton better bring it Sunday, and if he does, the Bengals will enjoy a nice rebound week in week 10.