The Bengals did their job with a win over Miami on Thursday. Now they will turn their attention towards six other teams on Sunday.
The Cincinnati Bengals avoided what would have been a catastrophic 1-3 start. On Thursday night with the nation watching, the Bengals shook off the ghosts of primetime past with a convincing 22-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Despite the two-score decision, it was a game that was never really that close.
The Bengals did their job with a win over Miami. Now they will turn their attention towards six other teams on Sunday.
The three other teams in the AFC North will all play non-division games on Sunday. Cincinnati sits at 2-2 and can make up their early deficit in the standings with some help on Sunday.
Raiders (2-1) v Ravens (3-0) — Sunday, 1:00 P.M. (CBS), M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore is 3-0 for the first time since 2009, but it has been imperfect. The three teams the Ravens have beat thus far (Buffalo, Cleveland, and Jacksonville) have a combined record of 1-8. However, the Ravens have been able to survive in close games early in the season, something they failed to do in 2015. Nine of Baltimore’s 11 losses (most since their inaugural ’96 campaign) a year ago were one-possession defeats. So far, Baltimore’s trio of victories came by an average of 4.3 points.
The Raiders come in with a 2-1 record after surviving in Nashville last week. Derek Carr has a plethora of weapons with Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, and Latavius Murray, but will have to bounce back after being shutout in the second half last week against the Titans.
Carr threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders’ 33-30 victory over Baltimore last season.
If the Raiders can pull off a big road victory, it would move the Bengals within one game of John Harbaugh and the Ravens for first place.