Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Date and Time: Sunday, 10/26/14 at 1:00pm on CBS
Game Line: Cincinnati Bengals -1 (from WagerWeb)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals Sunday NFL Football Analysis: The Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens look like different teams than the ones that met in the season opener. The Bengals received a solid effort in winning that contest from A.J. Green, whose is doubtful for Sunday’s rematch in Cincinnati between the AFC North’s top teams. Cincinnati outscored foes 80-33 in a 3-0 start, but has been outscored 107-54 in going 0-2-1 since. The Bengals would like to get back to the level of play they displayed in a 23-16 win at Baltimore on Sept. 7. Green caught six passes for a season high 131 yards and a touchdown. The star receiver, who has 343 yards and three scores in his last three games versus the Ravens, has missed the last two contests with an injured right big toe that has bothered him all season. Baltimore has developed into one of the NFL’s most dominant teams, outscoring opponents by a league best 89 points. The Ravens can put a stranglehold on the North by winning road games at Cincinnati and third-place Pittsburgh over the next two weeks. The Ravens have outscored foes 77-24 in back to back wins, with their pass rush producing five sacks in each of them. Elvis Dumervile has 3.5 sacks in that span Pernell McPhee has three and Terrell Suggs two. Tackle Haloti Nagta has anchored a defensive line limiting opponents to 87.4 rushing yards per game. The Ravens pass rush wasn’t a factor in the opener. Andy Dalton wasn’t sacked as he went 25 of 38 for 301 yards and the touchdown to Green. Dalton was not sacked in his first three games but has been dropped five times in this winless stretch, including three in last Sunday’s 27-0 loss at Indianapolis. The Bengals were held to a season low 32 yards rushing. Giovani Bernard was limited to a career worst 17 yards one week after he had a career high 137 in a 37-all tie with Carolina. Baltimore will look for more balance this time after Joe Flacco matched a career high with 62 pass attempts in the opener. He threw for a season-high 345 yards and was sacked three times. Flacco has been sacked 10 times in his last three games against the Bengals. The Ravens, held to 94 yards rushing in the opener, figure to be more effective on the ground now.
Sunday NFL Week 8 Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals Colts Free Picks: Cincinnati Bengals -1 and under 46
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals Game Prediction: 23-19 Bengals
What to expect in this Week 8 NFL Football match up: The Bengals have a big advantage being at home in front of their fans this time around, even without A.J. Green the Bengals will find ways to move the ball effectively on the ground. The Ravens defense has been strong against the run all season but they haven’t faced a team as dedicated to get their backs going as Cincinnati is with Bernard. The Bengals defense will contain the Ravens passing attack and stay in the race in the AFC North.