Before the Baltimore Ravens’ season began, they lost their top three running backs and All-pro cornerback, Marcus Peters, to season-ending injuries. Heading into Week 7, they sit atop the AFC with a 5-1 record.
The surprising run has caused the Ravens’ Super Bowl odds to jump significantly. The next test for John Harbaugh’s squad will be at home against the 4-2 Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals vs. Ravens will be an early fight for first place in the AFC North.
Will the Ravens win their sixth in a row to stay alone at the top of the division?
Baltimore Ravens’ Season So Far
The Ravens’ offense has been one of the best in the league. Per game, they currently sit 4th in yards, 4th in rushing yards, 7th in points, and 11th in passing yards.
The centerpiece is former MVP Lamar Jackson, who is passing at a career-high pace of 281.0 yards per game entering Week 7.
The Ravens defense has also been among the league’s best. They’ve allowed 20.5 points per game so far, which is 7th and sit 3rd in rushing yards allowed per game at 82.0.
A weakness that has popped up has been stopping opponents from passing. They’re allowing 277.3 per game passing, which is towards the league’s bottom, although they’re also tied for 9th in sacks. However, they just shut down Justin Herbert and the Chargers, one of the best passing attacks in the league.
The special teams have been excellent as usual, as should be expected under John Harbaugh.
The Ravens at the Bank
The Ravens are 141-61-1 all-time at home, which is an incredible .697 winning percentage. They haven’t skipped a beat this season, going 3-0 at home.
In the same number of games as on the road, they’ve scored 32 more points at home. They’ve scored at least 30 in all three games and are averaging 33.6 points.
Two of the wins are also against fellow AFC favorites, the Chiefs and the Chargers.
Bengals vs. Ravens History
Since Lamar Jackson took over under center, the Ravens are 5-0 against the Bengals. This stretch includes a 3-0 record at home.
The Ravens have outscored the Bengals 161-57 in those five contests. The Bengals could only muster three points in both matchups last season, even with Joe Burrow playing in the first one.
Bengals This Season
This season’s Bengals are the best that the franchise has fielded in a few years. Offensively they’re middle of the pack in yardage but are 11th in points per game.
The defense has been the star of the show so far. In terms of what they allow on a per-game basis, they’re 5th in points, 8th in total yards, 8th in rushing yards, and 13th in passing yards.
Then again, the Ravens offense is a unique challenge in the entire NFL.
Can They Do It Again?
The Baltimore Ravens are the hardest team to bet against most seasons, especially at home, and year one is no different. They’re the better team, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to win again if they play well.
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