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Ravens-Bengals: Five predictions for Sunday

Posted on 09 November 2019 by Luke Jones

The Ravens going from an electric prime-time home win over New England to a half-empty Paul Brown Stadium on a sleepy Sunday in November is the proverbial setup for a letdown.

John Harbaugh’s team has emerged as a legitimate Super Bowl contender over the course of its four-game winning streak, but the NFL has a way of humbling you when you get too high, making it critical for the Ravens to be focused and energized against winless Cincinnati coming off its bye.

It’s time to go on the record as these division foes face off for the 48th time in the all-time regular-season series with the Ravens owning a slight 24-23 advantage. However, Baltimore is just 1-6 in its last seven trips to Cincinnati and is seeking a season sweep for the first time since 2011.

Below are five predictions for Sunday:

1. Lamar Jackson will rush for 100 yards against the Bengals — again. I’ve often compared Jackson’s speed to that unique pitcher with a 100-mph fastball and a slider with impossible bite. You have no idea what you’re dealing with until you step in the box, and your chances are unlikely to improve until you see that pitcher a few times. The Bengals are familiar with Jackson’s speed by now, had an extra week to prepare, and won’t let him set a career high like he did with 152 rushing yards last month, but Carlos Dunlap being on the field this time around only goes so far for the NFL’s worst run defense.

2. A long punt return will set up a score for Cincinnati. Much attention this week was on Cyrus Jones and his fumble that gave new life to the Patriots, but it was a kick return for a touchdown last month that kept the Bengals competitive in a game the Ravens totally dominated statistically. With Justin Bethel gone and Chris Moore dealing with a substantial thumb injury, the Ravens could be using two different gunners on the punt team than they used in that first meeting with the Bengals. That’s notable against a special-teams group rated first in the NFL in DVOA, according to Football Outsiders.

3. The Ravens defense will register a season-high four sacks and an interception. The combined three sacks collected over the last two games don’t tell the story of a pass rush showing recent improvement as Baltimore hit Russell Wilson eight times in Week 7 and Tom Brady 10 times last Sunday night. That pressure has been dependent on blitzing, something you’d expect Wink Martindale to use even more against a rookie quarterback. Unlike Wilson and Brady, however, Ryan Finley will hold the ball longer against tight coverage, allowing the Ravens to take him down in the pocket.

4. An up-tempo drive will lead to Finley’s first NFL touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd. The Patriots totaled 302 yards in the second and third quarters using a no-huddle attack that neutralized blitzes and prevented the Ravens from using their various sub packages, an approach likely to be copied in the coming weeks. Trusting Finley to operate without a huddle for the entire game would be too much to ask, but that strategy will help create some open throws. After being held to three catches for 10 yards in the first meeting, Boyd will have some modest success against Marlon Humphrey with a score.

5. Baltimore will again play “keep away” in the fourth quarter to prevail 24-16. The Ravens haven’t won three straight games by multiple scores since 2011 and are playing on the road against a team with nothing to lose coming off its bye, factors that should make one pause — at least a second — before simply expecting an easy win against a poor opponent. That said, the Ravens will have the chance to put together a nine-minute drive in the fourth quarter for the fourth straight game, a remarkable feat that drains any semblance of life from an opponent. This one won’t be the prettiest, but part of being a great team is handling inferior teams even when you’re not at your best, especially on the road. This is the kind of game that’s given the Ravens problems in recent years, but there will be no letdown as they extend their winning streak to five in a row, their longest within a single season since 2006.

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Ravens-Bengals: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 01 January 2017 by Luke Jones

The Ravens will try to finish their season and begin a new calendar year on a winning note.

Despite being eliminated from postseason contention in last Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to Pittsburgh, the Ravens have an opportunity to clinch their second winning season since Super Bowl XLVII. This marks the first time that both Baltimore and Cincinnati have missed the playoffs since 2007.

Rookie wide receiver and former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds headlined the list of Baltimore inactives for the season finale against the Bengals. Reynolds was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Friday, but this was a procedural move to keep the sixth-round pick in the organization and avoid the risk of him signing a reserve-future deal with another team.

Rookie offensive lineman Alex Lewis was activated for the first time since injuring his ankle in Week 10. With veteran right tackle Rick Wagner out with a concussion, Lewis figured to return to the game-day roster for the finale.

Crockett Gillmore was inactive for the ninth straight week, ending a lost season for the third-year tight end who enjoyed such a promising 2015 campaign.

The Bengals deactivated starting running back Jeremy Hill (knee) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion/knee) for Week 17. Cincinnati officially placed six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring) on injured reserve on Saturday.

Sunday’s referee is Pete Morelli.

According to Weather.com, the forecast in Cincinnati calls for cloudy skies with temperatures reaching the mid-40s and winds up to seven miles per hour.

The Ravens are wearing white jerseys with black pants while the Bengals don black tops with black pants.

Sunday marks the 42nd meeting between these AFC North foes with Baltimore holding the slight 21-20 edge. The Ravens are seeking their first victory at Paul Brown Stadium in exactly five years.

Below are Sunday’s inactives:

BALTIMORE
WR Keenan Reynolds
WR Vince Mayle
RB Buck Allen
LB Lamar Louis
OL Ryan Jensen
OT Rick Wagner
TE Crockett Gillmore

CINCINNATI
QB Jeff Driskel
RB Jeremy Hill
LB Vontaze Burfict
G Christian Westerman
DT DeShawn Williams
TE Tyler Kroft
WR Jake Kumerow

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Ravens-Bengals: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 29 December 2013 by Luke Jones

The Ravens are looking the end of their season squarely in the face unless they can triumph against the Bengals in Cincinnati and receive some help on Sunday afternoon.

Needing a win and a loss by either Miami or San Diego to clinch their sixth straight trip to the postseason under head coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens must become the first team to beat the Bengals at home this year as Cincinnati has scored more than 40 points in each of their last four games at Paul Brown Stadium. Of course, the Ravens have struggled mightily away from Baltimore this year, compiling a poor 2-5 record on the road, which largely explains why they find themselves needing a win and help to make the playoffs in Week 17.

Defensive tackle Arthur Jones is out for Sunday’s game after he was not able to pass the NFL’s mandated concussion protocol. The fourth-year lineman suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to New England and missed practice all week.

Jones’ slow recovery has come two years after he suffered a concussion and missed two games in the 2011 season.

Second-year defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson would likely take the lion’s share of Jones’ work with fellow reserves Terrence Cody and Brandon Williams seeing increased roles in the defensive line rotation. Williams is listed as active for the first time since the Ravens played at Chicago on Nov. 17.

As expected, running back Ray Rice (thigh), wide receiver Torrey Smith (thigh), linebacker Elvis Dumervil (ankle), and center Gino Gradkowski (knee) are all active for Sunday’s game despite being listed as questionable on the final injury report.

The Bengals will be without their top two tight ends as rookie Tyler Eifert (neck) and veteran Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) are both sidelined for the regular-season finale. This leaves Cincinnati with only Alex Smith and H-back Orson Charles at the tight end position.

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion) is active for Cincinnati after practicing fully on Friday.

Baltimore has yet to earn an AFC North win on the road this season as the Ravens meet Cincinnati for the 36th time in franchise history. They hold the 20-15 edge in the all-time series, but the Bengals are 10-7 against the Ravens at home.

The Ravens will be wearing white jerseys with black pants while Cincinnati sports black jerseys for Week 17.

The referee for Sunday’s game will be Scott Green.

The forecast in Cincinnati calls for temperatures in the mid-40s with a 45 percent chance of rain by the 1 p.m. kickoff before precipitation tapers off later in the afternoon with winds 12 to 13 miles per hour.

Here are Sunday’s inactives:

BALTIMORE
DT Art Jones
CB Asa Jackson
S Omar Brown
OL Ryan Jensen
WR Deonte Thompson
TE Dallas Clark
LB John Simon

CINCINNATI
TE Tyler Eifert
CB Terence Newman
DT Devon Still
TE Jermaine Gresham
RB Rex Burkhead
WR Ryan Whalen
OL Tanner Hawkinson

Follow WNST on Twitter throughout the afternoon for updates and analysis as Nestor Aparicio brings live coverage from Paul Brown Stadium.

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