TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium
Weather: 80 high, 63 low
Line: Baltimore (-1.5)
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off of a disappointing season after winning the Super Bowl the year before. Cincinnati, once again, had a solid regular season, but couldn’t manage a single win in the playoffs. Entering 2014, both teams will have Super Bowl on their minds, but who knows if either teams’ wish will be granted.
First and foremost, Cincinnati shouldn’t have any problems on the defensive side of the ball, and really shouldn’t have any major problems in general. No team is perfect, but the Bengals have a pretty good game on both sides of the ball.
QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green will be a great duo once again, but it will be hard for both players to match their stats from a year ago. Dalton threw for 4,293 yards, 33 TDs and 20 INTs. Green had 1,426 yards and 11 TDs.
After receiving a massive contract and winning the Super Bowl, you would think QB Joe Flacco would have had a career year in 2013. He threw for the most yards in his career (3,912), but he also threw for the most INTs of his career (22). It didn’t help his cause that the running game was basically non-existent — averaged 83 yards per contest (30th in the NFL).
You would think head coach John Harbaugh would have his troops ready for battle in Week 1. Plus, it helps that Baltimore will be at home. With that said, Dalton and Green will connect for a couple of scores, and will leave this game with a 1-0 record.
PREDICTION: Bengals 30, Ravens 24