Cincinnati is the team the Ravens should be looking up to, and not the Steelers like they traditionally have. It has now been two years in succession that the Ravens have found themselves swept by the Bengals. The high powered, Andy Dalton led offense has found ways to dissect the Ravens Defense, with A.J Green posing ridiculous stat lines including 10 receptions for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns in week 2, will while torching Jimmy Smith.
The most blatant advantage of the Bengals offense however, came through Marvin Jones and Tyler Eiffert.
Shareece Wright should prove enough to defend rookie Tyler Boyd who is not as dynamic as a route runner and in his releases as Jones. He does possess the ability to win at the catch point, but as a rookie receiver, there will be a learning curve.
Tyler Effect is another story. While Eric Weddle can play man to man is spurts defending wide receivers ad lesser tight ends, physical nightmares like Eiffert have no counterpart and no matchup preset on the roster. There will be times where fans will have wished for Myles Jack.
On the offensive end, strides have been made. The added speed of Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace will stretch the Bengals 2 deep base defense. The Ravens tight ends will challenge Vontaze Burfict underneath. The box should be lighter.
All in all, the Ravens likely have done just enough to stay on pace with the division leaders. They will need the game changing plays to go their way in the tight match-ups.