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December 30, 2015 – Bengals – Pregame

After a stunning win against the Steelers, the Ravens go into the jungle to take on the Division champs.  The Bengals are in the hunt for a number 2 seed and a playoff bye – and they want this win in a bad way.  The only thing standing in their way are the Ravens. The Bengals really have had the Ravens number in recent years and their defense always presents a lot of challenges for us.  I have no doubts that Mallett is going to have his hands full trying to find time to pass against Dunlap and the Bengals front four.  In other news – this past Monday night AJ McCarron sprained his wrist at the end of the game trying to recover his own fumble.  He is listed day to day but the team hopes and expects that he will be ok to go on Sunday.  As we go into the final game of the 2015 season I thought I would share some team stats and facts that might be a bit of a surprise to some.  Here they are:

  • As measured in yards, the Ravens have the 10th best defense and the 14th ranked offense
  • Statistically the Ravens have the best secondary in the AFC North giving up an average of 239 yards per game
  • The Ravens are ranked 30th in take away differential, dead last in interceptions and tied for 24th in forced fumbles
  • The Ravens are ranked 30th in penalty yards

It just goes to prove to you how important it is to win the turnover battle.  These stats would imply that the Ravens have a decent team on both sides of the ball, but turnovers and penalties take a potentially good team and make them a bottom dweller.

I expect the Ravens to go into Cincinnati and give their best effort.  They would love nothing more than to go in there and end the season on a high note with back to back wins within their division.  My gut tells me that the Ravens wills struggle to run the ball against that Bengals front 7 and I fear that the real Ryan Mallett will likely show up and throw a pick or two.  Personally, I am hoping that the Ravens keep it competitive and give a good showing as they wrap up their season.  Vegas has the Bengals by 7 ½ which I think they will cover.  Enjoy the game and stay thirsty my friends.

 

Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Baltimore Ravens –  Sunday – January 3rd @ 1:00 PM       Odds –  Bengals by 7 ½

 

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Game Predictions
Score Ravens 17 Bengals 27
Turnovers Minus 2
Net Rushing Yardage Ravens 88 Bengals 119
Net Passing Yardage Ravens 271 Bengals 283

 

Miscellaneous Predictions

  • Daryl Smith leads all Ravens with 8 tackles
  • AJ Green leads all receivers with 8 receptions for 111 yards and 1 TD
  • Dunlap drops Mallett twice
  • Refs make terrible calls

 

Possible Monday morning headlines in the Sun Papers

  • AJ & AJ have a “Hay Day” in win over Ravens
  • Bengals complete sweep over Ravens

 

Keys to the Game

  • Contain the Bengals running game
  • Protect the Rock
  • Convert on 3rd down and move the chains – burn clock

 

 

 

 

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