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Baltimore Beatdown's Ravens-Bengals predictions

The folks at SB Nation's Baltimore Beatdown offer their thoughts on Sunday's game.

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Chuck Mills: The Ravens defense has made life hell for Andy Dalton, especially in Baltimore. I don't see any reason why that'll change in 2014, and I can see him turning the ball over once or twice. I think the run and pass protection will be good,not great and that'll be enough for a close win against the Bengals. Prediction: Ravens 23, Bengals 17

Jason Butt: A lot has been made about the Bengals' front seven heading into this game. However, the Ravens' running game has a bit of a chip on its shoulder entering Week 1. The offensive line executed Gary Kubiak's scheme well for the most part during the preseason and should be able to keep the momentum up in the season-opener. Bernard Pierce breaks 100 yards in a Ravens in. Prediction: Ravens 27, Bengals 21

Brian Malan: Joe Flacco throws touchdowns to Dennis Pitta and both Smiths. Lardarius Webb adds a pick-six and Justin Tucker drills a 48-yard field goal. Bernard Pierce runs for 95 yards on 21 carries. Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Timmy Jernigan and Pernell McPhee all have sacks on Andy Dalton. Prediction: Ravens 31, Bengals 14

Matthew Stevens: The Ravens ride the rushing attack and careful passing attempts to defeat the Bengals, finishing the game with an Andy Dalton interception. Prediction: Ravens 23, Bengals 21

Daniel Park: The Ravens and the Bengals already find themselves in a must-win situation. Both teams will try to attack the same way on Sunday: run the ball and chip away before throwing the long bomb. We're all excited to watch Steve Smith Sr. take the field and Joe Flacco needs time behind the line if his offense wants to take it to the next level. Watch out for the one-two punch in Cincinnati's backfield: Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. But this will be a statement game won by Baltimore. Prediction: Ravens 23, Bengals 20

Michael Sedjro: The Ravens defense dominates, along the interior especially with Brandon Williams and Haloti Ngata vs Russell Bodine. Jimmy Smith shuts down A.J. Green for four catches for 40 yards. Joe Flacco goes for 260 yards and two touchdowns on 24 of 31 passing. Bernard Pierce goes for 85 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. The defense gets three sacks, one forced fumble and two picks. Home field advantage and the improved coaching on offense, along with athleticism on defense, take this one. Prediction: Ravens 27 Bengals 9.

Rocky Friedman: The offensive line will take time to gel which will result in a mediocre performance from running back Bernard Pierce. I expect Joe Flacco to develop nice chemistry with his new receivers right off the bat and I think he will finish with somewhere between 250 and 280 passing yards. The defense should have a good season with a lot of young talent, but expect those youngsters to struggle a bit early on. Prediction: Ravens 23, Bengals 17