The Bengals keep it close but ultimately fall short
On Sunday, the Bengals face what may be their biggest challenge of the season up to this point, and possibly their most difficult game of the whole year overall. The Ravens are a top-five team in this league at the moment, and stealing a win at home with the top spot in the AFC North on the line would be a tough task for even a better team than the Bengals.
This should be a low-scoring and close game if the Bengals’ defense can perform to my expectation and slow down Lamar Jackson. Where I struggle to project a win for the Bengals is on offense, where Zac Taylor hasn’t been able to put together a complete game yet.
If Taylor can call his best game of the year on offense, the Bengals could come out of this with a win, but I ultimately expect them to struggle more than any of their other performances aside from when they visited the Chicago Bears, and that won’t cut it against these Ravens.
This game will go down to the final minute, and I expect Joe Burrow to have the ball in his hands late with a chance to win, but ultimately the Bengals will fall short, losing to the Ravens by a final score of 19-14.
Despite falling to 4-3 on the season, the Bengals cover the spread in this one, where they are currently a 6.5 point underdog to the Ravens.