Bengals-Ravens Preview Capsule
CINCINNATI (5-4) at BALTIMORE (4-5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE - OFF
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 4-5, Baltimore 4-5
SERIES RECORD - Bengals lead 23-22
LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Ravens 34-23, Sept. 13
LAST WEEK - Bengals lost to Saints 51-14; Ravens had bye, lost to Steelers 23-16 on Nov. 4.
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 17, Ravens No. 20
BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (25), PASS (21).
BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (31), PASS (32).
RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (27), PASS (9).
RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (10T), PASS (3).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cincinnati has won eight of last 10 in series. ... Bengals fired first-year defensive coordinator Teryl Austin after 51-14 loss to Saints, second-most points allowed in franchise history. Bengals became first team in Super Bowl era to give up 500 yards in three straight games. They have allowed 481, 551, 576 and 509 yards in last four games, going 1-3. Bengals are on pace to give up NFL-record 7,273 yards. ... Marvin Lewis takes over defensive coordinator job in addition to head coaching. Lewis was coordinator of Ravens' record-setting defense when they won Super Bowl in 2000. ... Fired Browns coach Hue Jackson was hired to assist Lewis in game planning and defensive coordinating on field during games, Jackson's third stint on Lewis' staff. ... Saints ran for 244 yards at Cincinnati and scored on every possession except last one, when they took knee three times in field-goal range. ... Bengals missing WR A.J. Green, out indefinitely with toe injury. Green has 53 catches and nine TDs in 11 games vs. Ravens. ... Andy Dalton 8-6 career vs. Ravens with 19 TDs, 17 INTs and 76.9 passer rating. He completed 24 of 42 for 265 yards and four TDs in 34-23 win earlier this season. ... Dalton has 185 touchdown passes for career, two shy of Boomer Esiason for second on franchise list. Ken Anderson threw 197. ... Baltimore QB Joe Flacco has right hip injury, which could provide first-round pick Lamar Jackson his first NFL start. Flacco has 13 TD passes and one INT in last nine home games. ... Ravens 18-4 at home in November under coach John Harbaugh, who took over in 2008. ... Baltimore allowing 17.8 points per game, second best in NFL behind Tennessee. ... Coming off bye, Ravens 8-2 under Harbaugh and NFL-best 13-3 since 2002. ... Baltimore owns minus-4 turnover differential with only seven takeaways compared to plus-17 with 34 takeaways in 2017. ... Ravens LB Terrell Suggs is 1 ½ sacks short of tying Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O'Neal for 13th all-time with 132 ½ sacks. ... Willie Snead leads Ravens with 45 catches, John Brown tops team with four TD receptions. ... Fantasy tip: With Ravens QB position uncertain, RB Andre Collins could shine against Bengals' porous defense.
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