Online sports betting sites could not decide on a favorite in the Week 11 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) and Baltimore Ravens (4-5) at M&t Bank Stadium on November 18th (1:00pm EST), as the game opened as a pick.
Cincinnati’s offense has been a major issue for the team this season. They struggle to move the ball through the air, averaging just 242.9 passing yards per game (21st), and handing the ball off hasn’t been kind either, managing just 94.7 rushing yards per game (25th). The Bengals have at least taken advantage of the rare times they do move the football, scoring 26.1 points per game (11th).
Andy Dalton is not playing at the level Cincinnati needs. He is completing 63.1% of his passes, but has not been able to push the ball down the field. If Dalton and A.J. Green (45 receptions for 687 yards this year) don’t start consistently threatening defenses, you can expect similar results from the Bengals’ offense. A little help from Joe Mixon (570 rushing yards this year) on the ground wouldn’t hurt, either.
Cincinnati is going to need every point they can muster on Sunday, as their defense has been pitiful this year. The Bengals are surrendering 32.0 PPG, ranking 31st in the NFL. Opposing offenses are able to do as they please, as they cannot stop the run or pass, ranking 31st and 32nd, respectively.
Average is the only way to identify the offense Cincinnati will face this week. Baltimore is only scoring 23.7 points per game (17th), but Joe Flacco and their ninth-ranked passing attack cannot be faulted for their inability to consistently put the ball in the endzone.
The QB has totaled 2,465 passing yards with a 12:6 TD to INT ratio (84.2 passer rating). John Brown has been Flacco’s favorite receiver, pulling in in 34 passes for 601 yards and four TDs. But this offense won’t ever be feared until they get more from their 27th-ranked running game. Facing a Bengals defense this week that surrenders 141.2 rushing yards per game (31st), it might be a good time to try and get Alex Collins (393 rushing yards this season) rolling.
On the other side of the ball, Baltimore’s defense has been outstanding. They’re giving up just 17.8 points per game, the second-fewest in the league. The Ravens have their third-ranked pass defense to thank for their success, as they surrender just 205.2 yards per game through the air. Their ability to get after the QB has played a major role, too. Led by Terrell Suggs, Baltimore averages 3.1 sacks per game (6th). Don’t be surprised if Cincinnati opts to lean on Joe Mixon and the ground game in Week 11.
Cincinnati beat the Ravens, 34-23, the last time these two teams played, which was September 13th, 2018. The Bengals served as the favorite in that game, too, laying 1.0 points.