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On Thursday, September 13th, the (1-0) Baltimore Ravens will be on the road to take on the (1-0) Cincinnati Bengals.
“The Crowd” is projecting a final score of Ravens 25.3 – Bengals 21.5 with an over/under of 46.8.
2018-19 Statistics (32 total teams):
Yards per game: Ravens 369.0 (11th) > Bengals 330.0 (19th)
Points per game: Ravens 47.0 (3rd) > Bengals 34.0 (6th)
Turnover margin: Ravens +1 > Bengals 0
Yards allowed per game: Ravens 153.0 (1st) > Bengals 380.0 (24th)
Points allowed per game: Ravens 3.0 (1st) > Bengals 23.0 (16th)
The Ravens looked very impressive in their 47-3 thrashing of the Buffalo Bills in week one. The Ravens outgained the Bills 369-153 in total yardage and dominated the time of possession. Joe Flacco, finally healthy, completed 25-34 passes for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns. Baltimore totaled 117 yards rushing as both Alex Collins and Kenneth Dixon recorded a touchdown. The Ravens defense held Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen to a combined 33% completion percentage and 70 total yards passing. The stifling Baltimore defense held the Bills to 83 total rushing yards and they forced two turnovers. The Ravens (+44) lead the league in point differential.
The Bengals were road victors 34-23 over the Indianapolis Colts in week one. Cincinnati was outgained 380-330 in total yardage but two Colts turnovers proved to be very costly as they Bengals returned a fumble for a touchdown. Andy Dalton completed 21-28 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Joe Mixon carried the ball 17 times for 95 yards (5.6 average) and a touchdown. Receiver A.J. Green caught six passes for 92 yards and a score. The Bengals defense held the Colts to 75 yards rushing and forced Andrew Luck to throw the ball 51 times in his first game back in over a year. The Bengals (+11) rank 5th in the NFL in point differential.
The Bengals have dominated this match-up winning eight of the last eleven head to head meetings. Joe Flacco looked great in week one with his new weapons but albeit against a dreadful Bills team. The Bengals are the more talented team on paper with their upgraded offensive line. This should be a low-scoring, defensive minded battle and I give the slight edge to Cincinnati at home.
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