Week 6: 2019 NFL Season (100th NFL Season)
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS (M&T Bank Stadium)
Moneyline: Bengals +450, Ravens -600
Over/Under: 48; Ravens -11 (-600)
The winless Cincinnati Bengals look to achieve their first win on the road against AFC North rival the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The Bengals head into Sunday’s game with a 0-5 record, as they look to rebound after dropping their recent home game against the Arizona Cardinals, 26-23.
They’ll try their luck against the 3-2 Baltimore Ravens, who pulled off an overtime Week 5 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite quarterback Lamar Jackson throwing three interceptions and only one touchdown.
Bengals Looking to Breakthrough Winless Start
For 16 consecutive seasons, Bengals fans have been subjected to a non-existent playoff atmosphere under former head coach Marvin Lewis. Even though he wasn’t the answer for Cincinnati, he may have not been the only problem, either. The Bengals sit at 0-5 so far this season, their worse start since the 2008 season. Injuries have been a big problem this season with receivers A.J. Green and John Ross out for multiple weeks. As a result, this had led to inconsistent play by the Bengals offense. Cincinnati is ranked 26th in total yards and second to dead last in rushing. Even though Andy Dalton is making an effort in the pocket, he has been sacked 20 times in Cincinnati’s last 5 games, including being sacked 8 times in Week 2’s loss against the Steelers.
You can expect Ravens head coach John Harbaugh to come up with schemes to put pressure in the pocket. While Baltimore’s defense isn’t the most stellar, they could make it a long day for the Bengals offense, particularly for running back Joe Mixon. Mixon will need to nearly duplicate his 19 carry, 93 yard performance last week against the Cardinals, and score a touchdown to get Cincinnati’s offense moving.
The Bengals’ defense has also been a blunder. They are ranked 30th in the league in yards allowed, which can be a problem against Baltimore’s solid running game.
Has The Lamar Jackson Show Been Exposed?
In the first two games of the season, Lamar Jackson recorded 7 touchdowns for 596 yards. Most fans at that time had him sealed as a solid MVP candidate. In Baltimore’s last two games, Jackson recorded 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, which is concerning.
In spite of Jackson’s struggles in the pocket, he has made efforts to put his team in scoring positions through rushing. Mark Ingram deserves plenty of credit for the running game as well. The running back has six touchdowns for 372 rushing yards so far this season.
The main issue of concern for the Ravens is the defense. The line allows 24 points and 370 total yards per game. Cornerback Jimmy Smith is out Sunday, while linebacker Patrick Onuwuasor and CB Maurice Canady are both questionable. The Ravens could also be missing a few key offensive players, as receiver Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews are questionable.
The AFC North as a whole has not been the division that most spoke highly of prior to the beginning of the season.
Similar to the Browns, the Ravens are a young team that’s developing to be solid, legitimate contenders. However, Jackson is turning the ball over at alarming rates, and the defense has disappeared in many games.
Yet, the Bengals don’t present much of a threat to Baltimore’s struggles. Their defense and running game have hit rock bottom, and being weak in these areas doesn’t give them a good chance of upsetting the Ravens on the road. As long as the Ravens rev up their offense early in the game, they can take over and run with it.