Each day, for the next 13 days, we’ll take a look at the Ravens 2017 schedule. First on the list are the Ravens’ division rivals in Cincinnati, who they play in Weeks 1 and 17. A huge thank you to Dave Mangels and our friends at Bleeding Green Nation for the concept!
Key Additions: OL Andre Smith, LB Kevin Minter, CB Bene Benwikere
Key Losses: OG Kevin Zeitler, LB Karlos Dansby, OT Andrew Whitworth, DT Domata Peko, HB Rex Burkhead, DE Margus Hunt.
Drafted: WR John Ross, RB Joe Dixon, DE Jordan Willis, LB Carl Lawson, WR Josh Malone, DT Ryan Glasgow, K Jake Elliott, C J.J. Dielman, LB Jordan Evans, S Brandon Wilson, TE Mason Schreck
Why they’ll lose to the Ravens
It’s no secret that the Bengals’ offensive line was bad last year and after losing Whitworth and Zeitler to free agency, the outlook isn't good. The Ravens revamped their defense this offseason with Tony Jefferson and a few young pass rushers that could terrorize Andy Dalton for years to come. The Bengals took a huge step backwards last year when they finished 6-9-1 while star receiver A.J. Green missed time with injury. If the Ravens defense can live up to its billing they could cause nightmares for a team that struggled on offense in 2016.
Why they’ll beat the Ravens
The Ravens are 3-7 against the Bengals since the beginning of the 2012 season and had lost five straight games against the Cincinnati before snapping that streak this past season. AJ Green has posted 726 yards receiving and six touchdowns against Baltimore in his career, despite missing four games against the team, including both matchups in 2016. If the Ravens hope to stop Cincinnati, they’ll have to stop Green. In addition to Green, the Ravens face the same issue the Bengals do in regards to offensive line talent. The Ravens lost Rick Wagner in free agency and traded center Jeremy Zuttah to the 49ers. If Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap can get home early then it may be more of the same in the Ravens/Bengals rivalry.
How will the Ravens/Bengals matchups go?
This poll is closed
Ravens sweep 2-0
Bengals sweep 2-0
Teams split 1-1
Up next the Cleveland Browns!