No experts picking the Bengals to upset the Ravens
It shouldn't surprise us anymore that the Cincinnati Bengals opened up Week 10 as massive underdogs yet again. The NFL's only winless team halfway through the season is coming off two straight double-digit losses to the Jaguars and Rams.
This week, they face the red-hot Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore has won four straight games - their most recent being a 17-point hammering over the New England Patriots.
When it came time for NFL experts, writers, and analysts to make their weekly picks, I wasn't shocked to see that there wasn't a soul brave enough to predict a Cincinnati upset this week.
According to NFL Pick Watch, 0 percent of experts believe the Bengals will defeat the Ravens this week in Cincinnati.
It is the second straight game that 100 percent of experts have picked the Bengals opponent to win. A majority of experts have picked the Bengals to win in just one time this season; that came back in Week 5 when they hosted the Arizona Cardinals.
Now sitting at 0-8 and trending in the wrong direction, experts have more reason than ever to go with the hot hand. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are first in the league in rushing yards and yards per carry. They have managed 204.9 yards on the ground per game this season. Meanwhile, Cincinnati has statistically the worst run defense in the NFL this year - allowing 177.6 yards rushing per game.
This is a matchup that plays to the strengths of the Ravens, and with the Bengals failing to muster up any sort of run game of their own, it's highly improbable that the Cincinnati could come away with a win in Week 10.
Still, it's important to remember that Zac Taylor's team lost by just 6 points to the Ravens in their first matchup, and this time he gets them at home. Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley is set for his first NFL start after taking over for Andy Dalton. Perhaps he could prompt new life into a team scratching and clawing for their first win of the season.