Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview 10/13/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The struggling (0-5) Cincinnati Bengals face off in an AFC North showdown against the divisional leader (3-2) Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals have looked absolutely miserable this year. Last week, they made it close at the end against the Cardinals but couldn’t finish the comeback. The Bengals’ number one receiver, A.J. Green, has not touched the field still and has already been ruled out this week. He is still a few weeks away from his return. On the other side of the ball, the Ravens are looking to maintain their lead in the division which has looked like the worst division in the NFL. A Week 4 loss to the Browns did not help their case, but they rebounded last week against the Steelers with an overtime thriller. This should be an easy victory for the Ravens this week, but crazier things have happened. For odds line movement and full matchup history, visit the Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview.
Date: Sunday, October 13th, 2019
Time: 1:00PM EST
Location: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
Cincinnati Bengals: WR A.J. Green (O) – Ankle, WR John Ross (O) – Sternoclavicular, OT Cordy Glenn (O) – Concussion, DE Kerry Wynn (O) – Concussion
Baltimore Ravens: TE Mark Andrews (Q) – Foot, CB Jimmy Smith (O) – Knee, S Tony Jefferson (O) – Knee, LB Patrick Onwuasor (Q) – Ankle
Cincinnati Bengals Analysis
It has been rough for Bengals’ fans this year. It has been back in forth between close games and being blown out. With last week being a closer game, we should be expecting a blow out this week to continue the cycle. The offense has mainly taken a hit with having to keep A.J. Green sidelined for what will turn out to be probably half the season. Tyler Boyd has been able to step up in his place in the meantime, but the Bengals took another big hit two weeks ago when John Ross went down with an injury. That injury landed him on the injured reserve list and will likely keep him out for at least a month now. They have had to call on new names like Auden Tate to step up in dramatic ways to even compete. The lack of options for Andy Dalton has greatly affected his productivity for the Bengals’ offense.
This matchup against the Ravens will be no easy feat for the Bengals. The Ravens have a high octane offense that is likely to put up a lot of points. The only way for the Bengals to stay in it will be if they match the Ravens’ scoring. The Ravens flaunt a strong defense that has been crumbling lately. The Steelers, another offense affected heavily by injury, were able to put up 23 points last week, and the Browns scored 40 just two weeks ago. It is not impossible for the Bengals to put up impressive numbers against the Ravens, but I find it unlikely. I don’t expect the Bengals to exceed 20 points this week.
Cincinnati Bengals Depth Chart
Baltimore Ravens Analysis
This is a must-win game for the Ravens. This is their easiest divisional game, especially with the fact that it is at home. A win here would further their lead in a division that has not proven to be very strong this year so far. After taking a miserable loss to the Browns two weeks ago, they were able to rebound against the Steelers in a very important game. That win along with a very pathetic Browns game on Monday night contributed to their current spot at the top. Lamar Jackson has been the main reason for any Ravens’ success. He has been the top duel-threat quarterback in the league and that will be very important this week against the Bengals.
How will they win? It will happen on the ground. The Bengals have allowed the second-most rushing yards this season, averaging 167.6 yards against per game. The Ravens have said they are a run-first offense and this is the game for it. Mark Ingram will be getting a large workload this week, but I also expect Lamar Jackson to use his legs a lot. Josh Allen was successful running against the Bengals a few weeks ago and Jackson is a much better rusher than Allen. The Bengals also have allowed the most rushing touchdowns this season at seven which is a good sign for fantasy owners of Jackson and Ingram.
Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Run Run Run
Mark Ingram is set up for a monster game this week. In PPR formats, the Bengals have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Most of this is from the receiving portion. The Bengals have allowed the most receiving yards out of the backfield than any other team. In fact, the second-most is still 73 yards behind them. Those yards have also accounted for three receiving touchdowns to add to the five rushing touchdowns they have allowed. This is all to say that Ingram has a feast of possible points in front of him that he should be getting hungry to dive into.