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

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Cornerbacks:

The Bengals receivers should find plenty of favorable matchups on Sunday. The Ravens have just 4 interceptions in 8 games. Only 3 teams have less (3 – GB, Hou, Jax). Of the 4 interceptions, their MLB Daryl Smith has 2 of them. The Ravens 3 cornerbacks have accounted for just 2 interceptions on the year.

That is good news for the Bengals, so long as they can keep the Ravens off Dalton. If so, there is not a single Ravens cornerback that can cover a single Bengals receiver one-on-one. On the other side, the Bengals have lost their best cornerback (Leon Hall), but even without Hall, they still have a deep and talented secondary with veterans Terrence Newman, Adam Jones, and new comer Dre Kirkpatrick.

The Bengals have 4 interceptions from their cornerbacks, and outside of Smith, they should matchup fairly well one-on-one.

Advantage: Bengals

Safeties:

It will be weird seeing the Ravens without Ed Reed. For the last 11 years, Reed was manning the back end of the Ravens secondary and doing it as good or better than any safety in the history of the NFL. Reed had 61 interceptions in his 11 years with the Ravens, including 5 seasons of 7+. The safeties this year for the Ravens?

They have 0 interceptions, 0 sacks, 0 forced fumbles, and just 5 passes defensed (combined). While I like the rookie Elam (and wanted the Bengals to take him), he hasn’t done much in the NFL so far. He can hit, but he can be overaggressive and take bad angles at times as well. Though the Bengals don’t have breath-taking safeties either, Reggie Nelson is in the upper echelon of safeties and George Iloka has held his own this year.

Given the lack of production from the safety position in Baltimore, the Bengals get the advantage again.

Advantage: Bengals

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