There a few certainties in life and in football. Bill Belichick press conferences will never be filled with information. Night Train Lane would have been suspended for life in today's NFL due to his aggressive and physical style o play. Marvin Lewis' Cincinnati Bengals struggle in the national spotlight. This week, as the Baltimore Ravens head to Cincinnati to take on Marvin Lewis and the Bengals on Thursday Night Football, I expect Lewis' struggles to rear their head again. While both of these teams are coming off of impressive wins, only one will start the season 2-0. This is a fight for the division lead as the Steelers and Browns tied to open the season, and both teams want to make a statement. The Ravens want to show that their week one performance was not an anomaly, and the Bengals want to prove that they can win in prime time. Who will win this week in Cincinnati?
I have to go with the Ravens in this one. Throughout Marvin Lewis' tenure as head coach, Bengals teams have come out flat in the national spotlight and dropped the vast majority of games. The quarterback doesn't matter. The roster doesn't matter. One standard theme is that Marvin Lewis and the Bengals play flat and conservative on national television. Therefore, I have to pick Baltimore to win this game. As a life-time Bengals fan, I hope that Marvin Lewis sees this post and puts it up in the locker room, using it to fuel a Bengals victory. However, that is unlikely to happen. I have to pick the Ravens. Final score: Baltimore Ravens 35, Cincinnati Bengals 14.--Mike B. (6-10)
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Ravens (1-0) @ Bengals (1-0): Both teams looked sharp last week, but both teams played a far less superior team. The Bengals win was more impressive because they beat Andrew Luck in Indy. The AJ Green and Andy Dalton connection looks to be in full form already which is trouble for any teams with a less talented secondary like the Colts. The Ravens though are a top 3 defense in the league and will show that this week against a much better team than the Bills of last week. Holding the Bills to 3 points isn’t really an achievement this season especially at home against the Bills. Joe Flacco looked elite as he is healthy for the first time in at least 3 years and they gave him a WR corps finally during the offseason. The Ravens do have Hayden Hurst still to unleash upon the league and once they do they might become a true threat to be a AFC champion if their offensive line can hold which is the only worry I have about this roster. This game should be close but I expect Marvin Lewis to choke in primetime late and the Ravens get some late room for a win. Ravens 26 – Bengals 21.
- Matt Koontz (8-8)
Bal 27 - Cin 24
- Tyler Belfield (8-8)
Cin 24 - Bal 23
- Scott Barbine (9-7)
Bal 28 - Cin 24
- Blake English (8-8)
Baltimore Ravens, (1-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals, (1-0)
This is an old fashion AFC North battle on Thursday night between the Ravens and the Bengals. Both teams are coming off wins in their first game of the season. The Ravens basically murdered the Buffalo Bills, 47-3 and the Bengals got a late pick six to win, 34-23 over the Indianapolis Colts. This is a toss up since it's a short week and a divisional game. I see the Bengals winning a defensive battle. Final Score: Bengals 14 Ravens 13, Eric J (7-9)
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