August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on the sidelines in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
While now is a time to celebrate the return of NFL football back into our lives, Bengals fans may need to temper their expectations going into tonight. The numbers don’t favor the Bengals’ chances of pulling off the win tonight in Baltimore against the Ravens. The Bengals are 9-19 on Monday Night Football and 3-15 when it takes place on the road. The Ravens are coming off their first 8-0 home season in franchise history, and have compiled a 27-5 record at home in four seasons under Head Coach John Harbaugh.
That doesn’t mean the Bengals haven’t given the Ravens all they could handle and then some at their place. In their last 8 games in Baltimore, the Bengals won 4 times while losing 4 games by an average of 6.25 points per game. IN each loss, the Bengals had chances to get a game-tying/winning touchdown in the games’ final minutes, but came up just short. So tonight’s matchup is almost guaranteed to be competitive throughout, with the Bengals likely having a chance to win the game late.