Bengals Open as Massive Underdogs vs. Ravens
If you haven't watched a game of football this season, you would still be able to tell by their record that the Bengals don't stand a very good chance of upsetting the Ravens in Week 10. After the Miami Dolphins defeated the New York Jets last week, Cincinnati is currently the only team in the NFL who hasn't found a win halfway through the season.
Things aren't exactly looking up either. After losing by at least 10 points in each of their last two matchups, the Bengals are forced to take on a red-hot Ravens team. Baltimore has won four straight games - their most recent being a 17-point victory over the New England Patriots (arguably the best team in the league).
As you can imagine, NFL odds aren't high on Cincinnati right now. According to ESPN's NFL Daily Lines, the Bengals opened as 10-point underdogs at home against the Ravens this week.
Zac Taylor's team has been scratching and clawing for their first win of the season, but they may not find it against John Harbaugh's squad. This matchup doesn't exactly favor Cincinnati. The Bengals currently have the 32nd ranked run defense in the league - allowing 177.6 rushing yards per game (194.3 over their last three games).
As the Patriots figured out last week, it's not easy to slow down Lamar Jackson and the Ravens high-powered rushing attack. Baltimore is 1st in the league in both rushing yards per game (204.9) and yards per attempt (5.5).
Offensively, the Bengals have the worst rushing attack in the league - averaging just 59.5 rushing yards per game. With fourth-round rookie quarterback, Ryan Finley at the helm this week, the Bengals could experience growing pains all over again.
There is a flicker of hope, however. Cincinnati lost to the Ravens by just one score the first time they played this season, and that game was in Baltimore. Despite the obvious matchup difficulties, the Bengals found a way to stay in the game until the end.
It may be unreasonable for us to expect a similarly close outcome this time around. However, as we have seen in the game of football, any team can win on any given day. Perhaps the Bengals can put up a fight against the best team in the AFC North.