What pundits expect in Sunday night’s Ravens-Bengals game

Most experts pick Ravens to win a close one

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow said in a podcast in May that he loves playing the Ravens, and not just because he threw for nearly 1,000 yards in two wins over Baltimore last season with a combined 82- 38.

“[The Ravens] speak. I love that,” Burrow said. “[The score] it was a lot to little. I shot for 520-something in the second and shot for 400-something in the first. … Yeah, I love playing against the Ravens. They like to talk.”

One topic the Ravens, particularly cornerback Marlon Humphrey, don’t like to talk about is last year’s games against the Bengals. Humphrey’s only focus is on Sunday night’s game with the Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium, which is understandable because it’s a pivotal game for both teams.

One of the consequences of the Ravens losing two games this season that they probably should have won is that they have squandered the opportunity to take control of the AFC North. The defending AFC champion Bengals lost their first two games but won the next two and there is now a three-way tie for first place in the division between the Ravens, Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

“Best game of the week. Whoever loses will be 2-3, while the winner has an AFC North lead and a critical win,” Fanside’s Matt Vederame wrote.

Most of the experts we sampled (29 of 42) chose the Ravens to prevail. The consensus among those who predicted the score is that the game will be much closer than last year’s Ravens-Bengals contests, as 24 of 26 were decided by four points or less.

Here is a sample of what the experts are saying about the game:

Lamar Jackson willlive through burrow in a crowvictory.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk: “Lamar Jackson is playing much, much better than Joe Burrow this season, and that’s going to be the difference on Sunday night.”

Ian Kenyon from Bleacher Report: “Lamar Jackson’s MVP tour continues in Week 5. The Ravens should win this by at least a field goal.”

Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun: “Jackson’s legs will be [the Ravens’] salvation in another close game”.

This will be a decisive victory for head coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk: “This is a John Harbaugh-reminds-us-he-is-a-good-coach game. Backed into the corner, saying all the right things this week, doing all the right things this week, pushing all the right things buttons his players to get the most out of defense, offense and just finding a way. It’s getting to the point where it’s embarrassing. They’ve lost five in a row at home, unacceptable to the Ravens; Harbaugh isn’t going to let that and, with all due respect to [Bengals Head Coach] Zac Taylor, in a competition between Harbaugh and Taylor, I’ll take Harbaugh.”

The Ravens won’t let another win slip through their fingers.

Todd Karpovich of Sports Illustrated: “This is almost a must-play Week 5 game for the Ravens, who have lost five straight at home… The Ravens are the most desperate team and they finish the game this time.”

Burrow will lead the Bengals to victory in a shootout.

Nick Shook from NFL.com: “I didn’t like the Ravens’ chances against the Bills last week because of the way they blew an early, commanding lead over Miami in Week 2. And Baltimore repeated that script in Week 4, letting a 20- 3 over Buffalo melt away in the final moments. Two instances are enough to undermine my confidence in the Ravens’ defense and their ability to protect a home advantage. Cincinnati brings a solid offensive lineup capable of putting points on the board and erase a deficit if necessary … Joe Burrow is also pretty good on the big stage, averaging the most passing yards (317) per game in prime time among quarterbacks with at least three such starts in their careers. runs since 1970. If we’ve learned anything about these Ravens, it’s that they’re susceptible to giving up big passing games to opposing quarterbacks in Baltimore. plowing for a shootout, one that I think Burrow can win.”

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco: “The Bengals have turned their season around with two straight wins, mainly because the offense has started to play better. That’s not good for a Ravens defense that is struggling. Look for Joe Burrow to win a shootout here with Lamar Jackson. First one to 35 wins. It’s the Bengals.”

Chase will have another great game against the Ravens.

ESPN’s Ben Baby: “Ja’Marr Chase will have 125+ receiving yards. Baltimore’s defense has struggled, and the amount of damage opposing teams have done through the air bodes well for the Bengals and Chase, who has received extra attention.” of opposing teams this season.

Will Brinson of CBS Sports: “Joe Burrow is starting to cook up and the Ravens are a perfect match for Cincy – they don’t really rush the passer well and are willing to give up big plays in the back end. The Bengals offensive line could look good here and I’m expecting a TON of points, this feels like a Ja’Marr Chase blast point.”

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