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The Baltimore Ravens are scary on the ground and just as effective through the air courtesy of Lamar Jackson’s arm and legs, plus a solid front line and a shutdown defense, so expect them to make easy work of this slowly evolving Burrow Bengals team.
Ravens -12 (-110)
|Bengals vs Ravens Information|
|What||Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens|
|Where||M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD|
|When||Sun, October 11, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
It is fun to watch the Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow adjust to playing in the NFL, his 65.5 completion percentage already at a pro-level, and as he adjusts to his targets and his defense slowly learns how to get opponents off the field, he could begin to win some games (just not this one in Week 5).
The Baltimore Ravens look ready to play in the postseason already, their offense scoring 30.5 points per game and the only loss in their 3-1 record the result of losing to last year’s champs, the Kansas City Chiefs, so HC John Harbaugh should be able to game plan a Week 5 win here.
These two AFC North rivals have played each other 48 times in the past, with the Baltimore Ravens winning 25 games and the Cincinnati Bengals winning 23 games.
This kid Joe Burrow can sure play football, and the Cincinnati Bengals certainly needed someone of his caliber under center after spending too many seasons with talented receivers whose production did not produce many wins.
Burrow’s numbers rival established pros already, after four games having completed 116-of-177 passes for 1,121 yards and 6 touchdowns with 2 interceptions, and giving the team a win and a tie already, that is half the victories the Bengals earned all last season.
The future of the Cincinnati Bengals is Joe Burrow, now they only have to find him a front line that can protect him better, already with 15 sacks on the season.
The Ravens are currently ranked the second least productive passing offense, gaining just 180.8 total yards through the air per game, though that low number can be explained partially by how much emphasis the team puts on their run game.
Baltimore’s rushing attack is the third-best in the league right now, averaging 160.8 yards on the ground per game in 2020, the result of strong RBs out of the backfield (Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill) as well as a QB in Jackson who is capable at any time of running with the ball.
The key to this team being unstoppable is to find a balance between both types of offense, and that is most likely the goal of OC Greg Roman with football guru Harbaugh looking over his shoulder the entire time.
Talk about a dual-threat out of the backfield, Bengals RB Joe Mixon is that and more, now playing in his fourth NFL season and looking dangerous on the ground and catching passes from behind QB Burrow and from the slot.
Mixon’s numbers on the ground are respectable – he has 77 carries so far this season for 315 yards and 2 touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carrying with one fumble on the season, but it is the ability to also catch passes that makes him difficult to face as a defense.
Through the air, Mixon has caught 13 passes for 88 yards and another touchdown, a combination that gives defenses something to think about and game plan around which gives tight end Drew Sample more room to get open midfield.
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Defensive tackle Calais Campbell is in his 13th NFL season and has already proven to be a valuable offseason grab for the Baltimore Ravens on defense, the former Jaguar and Cardinal with 89 career quarterback sacks under his belt.
This season in four games, Campbell has posted a sack and 5 quarterback hits, plus he has 5 passes defended and 14 total tackles, one of those for a loss, proving to be an effective part of Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale’s pass rush strategy.
In Campbell’s best season for sacks in 2017, he posted 14.5 of them all by himself, and if he can begin to reach that number again in the Ravens rushing scheme he now plays under, that could help give Baltimore the kind of defense that can get opponents off the field.
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