Bengals: C.J. Uzomah is not taking upcoming game vs. Ravens lightly

Leigh Oleszczak
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals know they haven’t been competitive against the Baltimore Ravens in recent years. That doesn’t mean they can’t give their division rivals a run for their money this year though. Tight end C.J. Uzomah made it perfectly clear that this team is ready for the Ravens.

When speaking to the media, Uzomah said that this is a huge game and the team isn’t treating it as a normal game.

He’s right, as the Bengals haven’t defeated the Ravens since the 2018 season. Lamar Jackson hadn’t started yet for the Ravens, as he was a rookie and Joe Flacco was still the starter in Baltimore. That’s how long it’s been since Cincy reigned supreme over the Ravens.

Uzomah recognized that the team hasn’t fared well against Baltimore in the past. When discussing that, however, he touched on how this team isn’t the same as past Bengals squads. “This is a new team,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

C.J. Uzomah and the Bengals are ready for the Ravens.

It’s understandable why Bengals fans would be anxious about this game. After all, this team scored just six points all of last season against Baltimore and both games felt over pretty early on. With how slow the offense has been early in games this season, there’s absolutely reason to believe that if they get off to another slow start, this could be yet another blowout at the hands of the Ravens.

The good news, however, is that Uzomah is right. This is a brand new team and they’ve shown grit throughout the first six weeks of the season.

Cincinnati has nothing to really lose this weekend. They’re the underdogs who are up and coming this season. Meanwhile, the Ravens are the team to beat in the AFC and there will be way more pressure on them than that of the Bengals.

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Zac Taylor needs to get creative and throw the Ravens off throughout this game. Again, his team has nothing to lose but everything to gain in this showdown. Keeping the Ravens on their toes and staying aggressive could go a long way in what’s going to be the toughest game yet for the 2021 Cincinnati Bengals.

Uzomah is ready to do whatever it takes to help beat the hated Ravens. It’s good to see him and the other guys on this team so amped up for what’s hopefully going to be a fun game.