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Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Key Matchups to Watch

November 16, 2018 - 11:22 am
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By Joe Schiller

C.J. Mosley vs. Joe Mixon

In their first meeting, Mosley was carted off the field after suffering a bone bruise in his knee just three snaps into the game. He’s been able to stay healthy since and matches up against a talented second-year running back in Joe Mixon.

The Ravens held Mixon for 84 rushing yards on 21 carries but he wasn’t heavily relied upon thanks to three first-half touchdown catches from A.J. Green. This time around, the Bengals will look to establish the ground game early on.

Mixon has been limited this week with a knee injury but should play. Mosley struggles in coverage and with Mixon’s receiving ability, it will be something to watch.

 

Matt Skura/Alex Lewis vs. Geno Atkins

Among injuries and inconsistencies on the offensive line, Skura and Lewis have been at the forefront of the units’ struggles. Pro Football Focus ranks Skura as the 20th best center and Lewis as the 64th ranked guard.

Geno Atkins will look to wreak havoc in the backfield after totaling two sacks, five tackles and two quarterback hits back in September.

It’s imperative that Skura and Lewis win this battle in the trenches, especially with uncertainty at the quarterback position with Joe Flacco’s hip injury. The Bengals’ defense is vulnerable and ranks dead last in total yards per game allowed (454.6)


Ravens’ Outside Corners vs. John Ross

A.J. Green is expected to miss his second straight game with a toe injury. Tyler Boyd will be the main receiver of focus but John Ross cannot be ignored. While he’s produced in spurts, the blazing 4.22 40-yard dash speed will provide a challenge for Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr.

Ross nabbed two catches for 39 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals’ 51-14 loss to the Saints last week and will continue to see an increase in targets with a bigger role. The Ravens cannot afford to give up deep passing plays down the field.