The Ravens have their work cut out for them today. For the first time in six years, the Ravens are at risk to not play in the post season. Having beat the Bengals earlier this season they know this is a feat they can surpass, the question is, if they can come together and play like it. Here’s what to look for during this afternoon’s game.
There’s going to be a lot pressure on the offensive line today. With Flacco being less mobile with his injured knee, the Bengals will be blitzing and bringing a lot of pressure, trying to get to Flacco. The O-line must step their game up, they need to concentrate on protecting their quarterback and having a great rush block today. A solid run game from Ray Rice would be very helpful and would take some of the heat off of Flacco. Watch for Torrey Smith to lead the air attack for the Ravens, he’s been very dependable for the Ravens all season.
The Ravens secondary will be a big part of the game today. QB Andy Dalton and AJ Green have connected for over 1300 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Great coverage by the secondary to limit Green and the other Bengal receivers catches will be the key to the win. Luckily for the Ravens, the Bengals rushing attack isn’t very strong. Of course watch for Elvis Dumevil and Terrell Suggs to pressure Andy Dalton and force him to throw before he’s ready.
The Ravens are looking to score touchdowns, but if they’re forced to kick a field goal, they can breathe easy knowing Justin Tucker is their kicker. The young kicker has had an outstanding year and has been the reason the Ravens have won so many games. Keep in mind the punter Sam Koch as well, this unsung hero has the job of changing field position and pinning the Bengals as far in their own territory as possible. Be on the lookout for Jacoby Jones, he’s also been dependable returning kicks and punts this season.
Only time will tell where the Raven’s future is headed, tune in today at 1 PM ET to watch the Ravens take on the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
About the Author
Written by Brandie
Brandie is a graduate from Utah State University where she competed as a Division 1 gymnast. Growing up in the DC area Brandie has always been a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and is honored to have the privilege to write about them.