This has been the best hangover ever. Last Sunday was an absolute skull drag. To see all levels of the team succeed with that level of effort was hopefully a glimmer into what this season will be for the Ravens. Unfortunately, the schedule is on a quick turn around. As we look towards an AFC North showdown between the Bengals and Ravens, here’s how the boys at Purple Reign Show see the game going down:
1. James Revere: The day of redemption has finally drawn nigh. The last few times have ended in such heart breaking fashion against the Bengals. While some seem to expect the Ravens to come out a little flat after the demolition of the Bills, I don’t see that happening. There are far too many people depending on a playoff birth for that to happen.
With the line backing corps of the Bengals potentially being down two starters, I’m anticipating Willie Snead and the tight ends to have a big part in the offense. While the Ravens may be one point under dogs, that means they’re actually favored by two. Ravens 28- Bengals 26.
2. Cory Hughes: Baltimore gets revenge on the team that bumped them from getting a playoff spot last season. Joe Flacco and the offense will continue to impress and prove the doubters wrong. The defense will do their part to hold A.J. Green at bay. The running game may struggle due to Cincy’s defensive front, but the offense will pull away in the second half. Ravens 28- Bengals 17.
3. Phil Gentile: After being crowned the best team in the AFC, the Ravens come down to earth. Collins struggled in week one and I think that continues. The Ravens in general seem to struggle in Cincy and this should be more of the same. AJ Green vs Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr will be the matchup to watch. Bengals 24 – Ravens 16
4. Frank B: I am looking for the Ravens to pull out a last second victory on the leg of Justin Tucker. While the Ravens have not fared well in Cincinnati, they enter this matchup with a much healthier offensive line than they had in their last matchup at home. The line will be the difference maker, providing Joe Flacco more time to connect with his trio of new receivers. The Ravens need this win to show they are for real in the AFC North while also establishing an offensive identity. Could this be the week for some Lamar Jackson goal line packages? Ravens 23 – Bengals 20.
5. Chauncey Rollins: Hard hitting affair ( AFC North Battle) accounting for the two teams history against one another. The Ravens offense will turn it on in the second half for the come from behind win. The defense will continue its dominance with three takeaways. Ravens 28 – Bengals 20.