Baltimore Ravens (1-0) Vs. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)

Updated: Aug 2, 2019



Preview

Last week, the Ravens absolutely destroyed the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are not very good, so this will be a much better indicator as to how good the Ravens actually are. The Bengals came back on the Colts in Week 1, which is a much more impressive win than the Ravens had. These two division rivals do not like each other, and with both teams being 1-0, there could be some fireworks during this week’s Thursday night game.


Players to watch

The player that I’m most interested to watch during this matchup is John Ross. The Ravens will do everything in their power to ensure that A.J. Green does not beat them. That will mean that Ross will see a lot of single coverage and have a chance for a big play. I also really like Joe Mixon once again due to his versatility within Cincinnati’s offense. For the Ravens, I will be eager to see whether or not they stick with Alex Collins as their primary back. He has had some fumbling issues, and the Ravens could give more chances to Javorius Allen if he fumbles again on Thursday. Can John Brown be the team’s go to wide receiver in Week 2? He has some upside, and I would not be shocked to see him log at least 60 yards and maybe even a touchdown.


Ravens’ keys to the game

  • Establish a running game

  • Receivers have to get separation

  • Contain A.J. Green

Bengals keys to the game:

  • Mixon has to get plenty of touches

  • Take shots down the field

  • Get to Flacco’s drop point


Injury list


Ravens

  • Hayden Hurst, TE (Out)

  • Willie Henry, DT (Out)

  • Janarion Grant, WR (Questionable)

  • Maurice Canady, CB (Out)

  • Kenneth Dixon, RB (Out)

Bengals

  • Preston Brown, LB (Questionable)

  • Cody Core, WR (Doubtful)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • A.J. Green, WR (CIN)

  • Joe Mixon, RB (CIN)

  • Alex Collins, RB (BAL)

  • John Brown, WR (BAL)

  • Baltimore D/ST


Prediction

Flacco has not played well at all against the Bengals over their last several meetings. I look for that trend to continue on Thursday. Flacco looked good against the lowly Buffalo Bills in week 1, but I believe that the more dynamic Bengals’ defense could give the Ravens fits. I think John Ross catches at least one deep pass to stretch the defense, and Joe Mixon will do well on the ground and in the air. I like Cincinnati this week.


Final Score: Bengals, 31-17


Written by: Jake Leicht

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