Baltimore Ravens: 4 bold predictions for Week 7 vs. Bengals
With the Baltimore Ravens Week 7 matchup being against the Cincinnati Bengals, we’ll finally see who the true leader of the AFC North is. This should be a great inter-conference battle between two great franchises. We’ll be evaluating this Ravens-Bengals game with some predictions in mind.
The Ravens have played as one of the top three teams in the AFC this year, despite suffering from numerous injuries. Everything is rolling on all cylinders for Baltimore, which bodes well for their success this year. We should see the defense on full display in this matchup, as they’ll attempt to bother Joe Burrow as often as possible.
Baltimore receives a boost in production on the offensive end as Rashod Bateman returned from injury in Week 6. He aims to expand his role with the team and could score his first career touchdown on Sunday. Additionally, Mark Andrews has been phenomenal and should continue that streak against Cincinnati. Lastly, Lamar Jackson could prove to be the best quarterback in the league. With that said, here are four bold Ravens Week 7 predictions against the Bengals.
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Ravens Week 7 Predictions
4. Ravens defense shuts down the Bengals passing attack
Cincinnati has thrived in the passing game so far this season. Slowing it down should be the top priority for the Ravens in this game. This is something much easier said than done, as the Bengals have been electric through the air.
Even so, the Ravens’ pass coverage has been one of the best this season. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out, but Baltimore needs their secondary to perform at an elite level on Sunday.
3. Rashod Bateman records his first career touchdown and more
Many believed the Ravens would ease Rashod Bateman into the offense but he appeared to take on a starting role immediately in his season debut. Bateman was considered by many to be a top-three prospect for wide receivers this offseason. If that’s the case, Baltimore may have a new weapon at their disposal.
He failed to find pay dirt in his first game, but that could change against the Bengals. The Ravens might consider throwing Bateman’s way a priority, as Cincinnati could be more concerned in slowing down Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown. For that reason, we should see Bateman score his first career touchdown and potentially lead the team in receiving yards.
2. Mark Andrews reels in 2 touchdowns of his own
Mark Andrews has been an elite tight end this year, and will likely play at this level for years to come. He’s extremely reliable and provides consistency for the Ravens’ pass attack. We should see Andrews on full display against the Bengals in Week 7.
1. Lamar Jackson makes a case as the best quarterback in the league
Many claim Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league, while some mention Tom Brady’s name by default. However, we might have a new sheriff in town, as Lamar Jackson is playing at a new level in 2021. Jackson is playing better than he did when he won the MVP, which bodes well for the Ravens’ success.
The Bengals’ defense has proven to be solid this year, so this will be a nice test for the Ravens superstar quarterback. Especially since the Ravens just lost their starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley for the season. If Jackson can dominate this game, then it’s time we consider naming him the top quarterback in the league.