Cincinnati Bengals: Looking Ahead to Week 11 and the Baltimore Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals will look to recover from last week’s humiliation with a game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals enter the contest at 5-4 and 6th in the AFC. They trail Pittsburgh by 1.5 games in the AFC North.

The Ravens season hasn’t gone according to plan. Baltimore enters this week at 4-5. Rumors are swirling about the job security of head coach John Harbaugh.

The Bengals have been in the news already this week. They fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Hue Jackson is returning as a “special assistant” to the head coach. A head coach who is now the de facto defensive coordinator.

What does this all mean? Let’s find out.

CINCINNATI BENGALS LOOK AHEAD

FLACCO OUT, ENTER LAMAR

The Cincinnati Bengals will have to prepare for a different QB this week. Joe Flacco is out with a hip injury. 1st round pick Lamar Jackson will get the start. Jackson has mostly been used as a gadget player this year. He is a tremendous athlete with a phenomenal arm.

The Bengals defense, specifically the linebackers, aren’t exactly world class athletes out there. Vontaze Burfict returns this week. That should help. I also think we may see more of rookie Malik Jefferson this week. Anything that keeps Jordan Evans and Hardy Nickerson off the field should be considered a plus.

RETURN OF THE PASS RUSH

The Cincinnati Bengals pass rush has gone silent for the most part. With a flurry of injuries to the Ravens offensive line, the pass rush needs a “get right” game this week.

DC MARVIN

Will we see any difference in the defense this week with Marvin Lewis at defensive coordinator? The player’s main complaint was how Teryl Austin play calls didn’t mesh with player strengths.

Getting Burfict and Darqueze Dennard back “should” help. Getting Nick Vigil back next week will help more.

I am not expecting miracles.  I also don’t expect the Ravens to drop half-a-hundred either.

What do you think the Cincinnati Bengals need to do to win against the Ravens? Let us know in the comments!

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