Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens : Baltimore have had a week off and are no doubt ready to get back on the field. They will square off against Cincinnati at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Baltimore have a defense that allows only 17.78 points per game, so Baltimore’s offense will have their work cut out for them. Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens Live.
The last time they met, Baltimore were the 26-14 winner over Pittsburgh. This time around? They had no such luck. Baltimore took a 16-23 hit to the loss column at the hands of Pittsburgh. Baltimore can’t seem to catch a break and have now endured three losses in a row.
Meanwhile, it was a contest Cincinnati are hoping to forget as they lost a 14-51 blowout to New Orleans last week. Cincinnati were in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 7-35.With both teams hitting sour notes in their previous games, they will no doubt be looking to produce a better outcome in this one. We’ll see which team satisfies their hunger and which team leaves with an empty stomach.
The Baltimore Ravens seem happy to let fans, analysts and the Cincinnati Bengals wonder who’ll start at quarterback in Sunday’s pivotal game. We don’t know if Joe Flacco will return from a hip injury, if Lamar Jackson will make his first career start or if 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III will get his shot to once again lead an NFL offense.
What we do know is this: Jackson, the No. 32 overall pick in April’s draft, was on the practice field Friday one day after sitting out with an illness. Meanwhile, Flacco was absent and hasn’t practiced all week.Coach John Harbaugh said Flacco, if cleared physically, can play well without practicing in the run up to a game, but his injury has generated curiosity.
Jackson said earlier this week he was prepared to start if the team turned to him, and teammates have offered support for the rookie. Griffin, for his part, also said he’ll be ready to step behind center if need be — and he was happy to handle all of the quarterbacking repetitions in Thursday’s practice.
Jackson joined Griffin on the field Friday and showed no signs of sluggishness. During the portion of practice open to media, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner flung passes to teammates during warmups and tooled around with coaches.The Bengals may have taken a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6, but a slow start by the Steelers allows Cincy to keep control of the AFC North. A half game up of the Baltimore Ravens and the Steelers, the Bengals can grow their lead in Week 7.
Pittsburgh being on a bye helps Cincy. They’re able to take a full game lead on the Steelers and depending on the Ravens outcome, a full game overall in the division. With the AFC North being as competitive as it is this season, it’ll be important to head into the second half with the lead.
Cincinnati will try and outplay the Chiefs incredible offense. Patrick Mahomes has changed the culture in Kansas City, and right now, few teams can beat them. The Bengals offense is no joke, though, and when healthy, which they are, they can certainly compete.