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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 bold predictions for Week 10 versus the Ravens

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Cincinnati Bengals, Lamar Jackson(Photo by Dan Kubus/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – AUGUST 29: Ryan Finley #5 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO – AUGUST 29: Ryan Finley #5 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

It’s all but inevitable. A rookie quarterback gets thrown into the deep end in a lost season, and seldom does something good happen. In Week 10, Ryan Finley gets his first NFL start against a very good Ravens team who may have an MVP candidate at quarterback in Lamar Jackson.

For Finley, it’s a baptism by fire. After an 0-8 start, the Bengals made the bold move to sit veterans Andy Dalton in favor of the rookie. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Finley, but on a bad team, making a good first impression will be tough.

For Finley, it’ll be about timing and avoiding the self-inflicted turnover. He doesn’t have the good fortune of regular-season game time under his belt, whereas the Ravens just beat the Patriots. Also, this is the second time Baltimore will have seen the Bengals. Toss in the variable of a rookie playing his first game and it could get ugly quick.

Expect the requisite struggles. Cincinnati still has a bad offensive line, and no running game to speak of. With the sudden news that A.J. Green is now not available against the Ravens, Finley may feel as if he’s on an island all by himself.

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