Bengals News

Week 10: Bengals vs Ravens Position-by-Position Breakdown

5 of 8

Tight Ends:

The injury to Dennis Pitta really hurt Flacco and the Ravens. With Ed Dickson also suffering from some injuries, the Ravens were forced to pick up Dallas Clark. While he is not the player he once was, Clark has been somewhat productive with 24 receptions, 279 yards (sadly 3rd on the team), and 2 TDs. The problem is that Clark does not have the speed to separate, does not have the size to create a mismatch, and offers zero in the running game. The Bengals on the other hand feature a tight end duo in Graham and Eifert that have combined for for 60 receptions, 628 yards and 2 TDs.

Advantage: Bengals

Offensive Line:

When your offensive line plays poorly, teams generally struggle. The Ravens are no different. Much of the Ravens struggles can be traced back to the offensive line. The Ravens have surrendered 25 sacks in 8 games (3.1/g) – only 6 teams are giving up more sacks per game (Cle, NYJ, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Miami – combined record of 18-32).

The Ravens tried to address this by trading for Eugene Monroe mid-year, but, according to Pro Football Focus, Monroe (55) may be a nominal upgrade over McKinnie (61). In fact, in the last 3 games (the 3 Monroe has started), the Ravens are giving up 3.7 sacks per game – only Oakland (5.0) and Pittsburgh (4.3) are worse in the past 3. Not surprising, the Ravens are 0-3 in that stretch.

And, believe it or not, their run blocking (29th) has actually been worse than their passing blocking. Rice is on pace for an embarrassingly career low in yards (518) and yards per carry (2.7). The Bengals line on the other hand, despite some injuries, has played pretty well (with the exception of last Thursday. The Bengals are 9th in the league, surrendering just 2.3 sacks per game (21), and while the run game has been disappointing (19th), it has produced 7 TDs. They will have their hands full with Ngata, Suggs and Dumervil, Whitworth has been strong against Suggs over their careers.

Advantage: Bengals