Cincinnati (2-0) at Baltimore (0-2)
When: Sunday, September 27th 2015
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Time: 1:00 ET
TV: CBS Radio: XM 82
The 2-0 Bengals come into Week 3 as one of the best teams on paper offensively and defensively. Ranked 7th in total offense and 6th in total defense, the Bengals are looking for their second straight 3-0 start. Cincinnati started the season with an impressive 33-10 in Oakland then followed it up with a 24-19 win against the Chargers. Now they begin division play against a Ravens team they have beaten 3 straight times. Andy Dalton is the only quarterback in the league who has not thrown an interception or been sacked yet. The offensive line is also doing a good job helping the Bengals rushing attack. Giovani Bernard had 123 yards rushing last week against San Diego and Jeremy Hill has also chipped in 102 yards on the ground. Dalton’s new favorite target might be tight end Tyler Eifert, who has 13 receptions for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns – one behind New England’s Rob Gronkowski for the league lead. Wide Receiver A.J. Green has a caught a touchdown against the Ravens in three straight game.
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The Baltimore Ravens are one of nine 0-2 teams that are needing a win badly. Baltimore should be 1-1 as they led the Raiders last week with 26 seconds left before losing 37-33. The Ravens will play three straight division games starting today. Joe Flacco bounced back from a terrible outing in Denver in Week 1 to throw for 384 yards and 2 touchdowns against Oakland. Flacco is an amazing 13-1 at home in the month of September. Veteran Steve Smith is still Flacco’s go-to guy. Smith has 12 catches for 163 yards and is now 17th all-time in career receptions. Baltimore attempted to upgrade its secondary after allowing 351 yards through the air against Oakland, acquiring cornerback Will Davis from Miami. To make room on the roster, the Ravens released running back Terrence Magee who hadn’t seen any action yet this season. This is Baltimore’s home opener before going to Pittsburgh next week, so a win today is a must.
I really don’t think Cincinnati is that good. They could have easily host to San Diego last week, and Baltimore isn’t that bad. If I’m only laying 2.5 at home against the Bengals, I’ll take the Ravens every time.
Pick: Ravens -2.5