After each team won their season opener, both franchises are looking to get off to a 2-0 and get an early jump on winning the 2018 AFC North Division title.
While the Baltimore Ravens Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills was expected, few expected the Ravens offence to drop 47 points and make Joe Flacco look like an elite quarterback.
A single week performance (against a bad team to boot) is never enough to change a team’s outlook. However, their offence has been clicking since the middle of last season. The Ravens offence ranked second in the NFL from Week 8 on last season, averaging 29.4 points per game. Add in the 47 they scored on Sunday, and the team is averaging 31.2 points in over their last ten regular season games.
After beating the Indianapolis Colts on the road in Week 1, the Bengals extended their regular season winning streak to three games, their longest streak since 2015.
The Cincinnati Bengals offence looked particularly impressive in Week 1. Although the Colts defence is not great, the Bengals showed the speed, depth and talent they at the skilled positions. If A.J. Green, Joe Mixon and John Ross can all have a productive game against the Ravens, the Bengals could field one of the better offences in the NFL this season.
Divisional games in the NFL are typically competitive, and the rivalry between the Bengals and Ravens is no exception. The average score between these two teams over their last ten meetings is Bengals 22.5 – Ravens 19.3.