When- January 15, 7:15 PM NBC
Where- Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Baltimore- 6 Seed (AFC North)
Strength of Schedule- 12 out of 32
Cincinnati- 3 Seed (AFC North)
Strength of Schedule- 8 out of 32
Why Baltimore will win- The Ravens will once again be without QB Lamar Jackson. However, they still possess one of the league’s top defenses ranking in the top 4 in rush yards allowed, sacks, and points allowed. Baltimore’s pass rush, which has 48 sacks on the year including 4 in last week’s meeting, will once again test the Bengals O-line which has allowed 2.8 sacks per game.
Why Cincinnati will win- Too many question marks at QB for HC John Harbaugh’s squad. Lamar is out. Backup Tyler Huntley is expected to see action but has been limited in practice with shoulder and wrist injuries. Third-stringer Anthony Brown started last week and completed only 19-44 passes with 2 INT’s. Joe Burrow has struggled in the 2 meetings this year averaging only 216 yards passing and will look to right the ship against the Ravens secondary which ranks 26th in the NFL pass yards allowed.
Eye Test Analytics Predicted Outcome- Cincinnati by 5.13 points