When the Ravens Throw the Ball:
Ravens Passing Attack: 19th – 227.7 ypg
Bengals Pass Defense: 6th – 211.3 ypg
I expect the Bengals to shut down the Ravens run game and put the pressure on Joe Flacco and the Ravens passing attack – a group that doesn’t seem built to carry the load. 2013 has not been a good year for the Ravens passing game either. Flacco has 27 turnovers to just 19 TDs and has been sacked 46 times.
The Bengals pass defense, even without Hall and Newman has shown itself to be a formidable opponent. If the Ravens can’t run the ball and get behind, the Bengals should be able to force Flacco into some mistakes.
When the Bengals Run the Ball:
Bengals Running Attack: 21st – 109.6 ypg
Ravens Run Defense: 9th – 105.1 ypg
Giovani Bernard has been exciting, but the Bengals run game as a whole has been very disappointing in 2013. The last two weeks the run game has struggled against two defenses not nearly as strong against the run as the Ravens.
Don’t look for the run game to get healthy against the Ravens. The Bengals will simply be looking for enough in the run game to keep the Ravens defense honest and hopefully keep the Ravens pass rush off of Dalton.