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Ravens vs. Bengals: Bold predictions

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The Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals in a Week 7 AFC North showdown. Check out some bold predictions for the matchup from our staff below.

Dustin Cox

Mark Andrews makes the most of National Tight End Day by going over 100 receiving yards while also catching two touchdowns. Rashod Bateman has a big performance as well in his second game as he leads the receivers in catches and yards.

Defensively, The Ravens get to Joe Burrow multiple times with blitzes, recording a total of five sacks. Marlon Humphrey records his first interception of the season while also forcing a fumble.

Vasilis Lericos

In a measuring stick game, the upstart Bengals come up small. This season Cincy has done well to stop the run and Burrow (like Herbert before Week 6) has been excellent against the blitz. Unfortunately for them, Lamar Jackson’s natural talent and Wink Martindale’s scheme are one of a kind. Marlon Humphrey completely erases Ja’Marr Chase and corrals his first interception of the season. Odafe Oweh knocks Burrow out of the contest with a third-quarter strip-sack. Hollywood Brown and Mark Andrews combine for 150 receiving yards and two scores, and Rashod Bateman adds a fourth-quarter touchdown for good measure. Ultimately, Baltimore outclasses the Bengals and heads into their bye with a gaudy six-game winning streak.

Joshua Reed

Lamar Jackson won’t go total Aaron Rodgers on Sunday but he will still let the Bengals and whatever contingent of fans they have in attendance that he still owns them. He’ll show second-year Cincinnati linebacker Logan Wilson just how much of a quarterback he is first and foremost with his third 300+ yard passing performance primarily from the pocket.

On defense, the Ravens won’t torment Joe Burrow to the severe degree they did last year, but he’ll still get shut down all the same. Marlon Humphrey will follow Ja’Marr Chase and give him his welcome to the NFL experience by keeping off the box score.

Frank Platko

On “National Tight Ends Day”, Mark Andrews continues his hot streak and catches a touchdown pass for the third straight game. Josh Oliver finds the end zone as well for the first time ever. The Ravens’ defense makes life difficult for Joe Burrow, sacking him multiple times and recording 2+ interceptions. A key forced fumble by Marlon Humphrey in the fourth quarter swings the game in the Ravens’ favor.