When the Bengals Run the Ball:
With the Bengals 19th ranked run offense and the Ravens 8th ranked run defense, again, I wouldn’t expect much. I don’t see either running game having a huge impact in this game. However, if Bernard is healthy, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bengals use some bubble screens and short throws to Bernard and Hawkins as a supplement to the running game.
When the Bengals Throw the Ball:
This is the one area where I think one of the teams has a big advantage. Luckily, that advantage goes to the Bengals – 7th ranked pass offense to the Ravens 14th ranked pass defense. The Bengals have the receivers, tight ends and running backs to take advantage of the Ravens pass defense…so long as the line can keep Dalton clean. With Baltimore’s 27 sacks, that will be a tall task. I look for the Bengals to use a lot of 2 tight end sets as a way to neutralize the Ravens pass rush and create mismatches in the passing game.