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

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Kickers:

Though only in his second year, Justin Tucker has become a very reliable kicker. In 2013, Tucker is 16-18 in 2013 – only missing from 44 and 50 – and a career 90.2% kicker. Nugent is 12-15 and a career 81% kicker. Though both of his misses came in Baltimore (both against Cleveland), I have to give the nod to Tucker.

Advantage: Ravens

Special Teams:

The Bengals have the edge at punter – Huber is 12th in the NFL in Net punting, while Baltimore ranks 29th.

In the kick return game, the Ravens have a slight advantage (10th vs 12th).

In the punt return game, the Ravens are 1st (averaging 16.7 per return) and the Bengals 20th, meaning it is critical for Huber to do a good job of keeping it away from the Baltimore punt returners (Doss and Jones).

Advantage: Ravens

Coaches:

John Harbaugh has 1 Super Bowl, 9 post season wins, and 1 post season win each of the last 5 seasons. Marvin Lewis has 0 playoff wins and is unaware of what the Super Bowl is. Advantage Harbaugh and the Ravens. However, this is not as big of an advantage as one might think. Harbaugh has his own issues.

No team has been worse at losing to bad teams than the Ravens over his tenure, and, for all his success, Harbaugh has never found a consistent way to use Ray Rice. As a result, I believe this is matchup is closer than you might think

Advantage: Ravens

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