Ravens-Bengals Game Day: Scouting Report, Inactives
Ravens: -10.5 to -11.5.
The Ravens will look to stay atop the AFC North and keep the Cincinnati Bengals winless in their Week 6 divisional matchup.
A win is especially critical for the Ravens, who face the Seahawks and Patriots in their next two games.
Baltimore is going to try and exploit Cincinnati's porous run defense, which is ranked 31st in the NFL (167.6 ypg). This means both Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards should split the load and get plenty of carries. Quarterback Lamar Jackson also has been effective scrambling out of the pocket for big plays.
The Bengals will try to stack the line to force Jackson to beat them over the top. However, Cincinnati's secondary, led by William Jackson, is allowing 244.2 yards per game. CB Darius Phillips, who has the team's only other interception, was placed on IR two weeks ago with a knee injury.
Despite the struggles, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh anticipates a tough matchup:
Baltimore's defensive backs have struggled this season and are susceptible to allowing big plays. The Ravens are allowing 280 yards passing per game, which ranks 29th in the NFL.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for 1,412 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions (86.9 passer rating). He also had some of his best games against the Ravens, including a last-second touchdown that knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs in the 2017 regular-season finale. The Ravens caught a break with Bengals receiver A.J. Green still sidelined with an ankle injury.
CB Jimmy Smith (knee)
WR Marquise Brown (ankle)
ILB Patrick Onwuasor (ankle)
QB Trace McSorley
CB Anthony Averett
OL Ben Powers
DL Daylon Mack
DE Carlos Dunlap (knee)
DT Ryan Glasgow (thigh)
T Cordy Glenn (concussion)
WR A.J. Green (ankle)
T Andre Smith (ankle)
DE Kerry Wynn (concussion)
QB Jake Dolegala