Bengals vs. Ravens Week 10 Predictions: A Fresh Start?
This week's matchup features two teams heading in opposite directions. Baltimore is fresh off of a huge home victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots, firmly entrenching this team in the discussion for the best team in the AFC.
The Bengals enjoyed a much-needed bye week, and are hoping rookie quarterback Ryan Finley can accomplish what incumbent Andy Dalton was unable to: securing the first win of the season.
The Bengals are the only winless team in the NFL for a reason: They simply aren't good this year. Their opponent this week is coming off four straight wins - their most recent being a 17-point victory over the New England Patriots. Cincinnati surprisingly lost by just 6 points in Baltimore the first time around. Zac Taylor's team is perhaps the worst in the league at stopping the run, while Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are 1st in the NFL in both rushing yards and yards per carry. I won't be surprised if the Bengals steal a win or two in the second half of the season, but it is very unlikely to come this week.
Score: Ravens 31, Bengals 17
The Ravens defense has been middle of the pack this season, but they have to be licking their chops at the prospects of facing a quarterback that is seeing his first NFL action on a team devoid of talent. I expect Lamar Jackson to enhance his darkhorse MVP campaign by gashing the Bengals front seven with the run, and the Bengals offense to struggle under their new QB. Cincinnati will have to wait a week to try to secure win number one.
Score: Ravens 34, Bengals 13
As triumphant as it would be for QB Ryan Finley to make an impressionable first start with a win, the odds are stacked too high against his favor - including that AJ Green will remain inactive. The Ravens stay with their efficient dual-attack against a decimating Cincinnati defense, dusting the Bengals to a commanding victory.
Score: Ravens 30, Bengals 13
After coming off a huge win against the Patriots last week, I do not see the Ravens losing a step this week. Ryan Finley keeps it close early in his debut, but the Ravens open it up in the 2nd half. The Ravens advance to 7-2, while the Bengals advance to 0-9.
Score: Ravens 34, Bengals 17
The Bengals are playing the hottest team in football right now, after a big win versus the Patriots. The Ravens offense is amongst the hardest to stop in the league due to the unique style and physicality they play with. I don't see the Bengals keeping this game in reach for their offense to keep up with the Ravens. Not to mention, the Ravens are loaded at corner with Marcus Peter, Marlon Humphrey, and Jimmy smith. They have the skill to play man across the board, and keep an extra defender in the box for the run. This is a tough situation for rookie quarterback Ryan Finley to step in to.
Score: Ravens 38, Bengals 17