NFL Week 2 Predictions: Bengals vs Ravens NFL Picks & Odds: If last week’s NFL predictions battle on MNF between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets was played “loud,” this week’s NFL contest in week two of the NFL predictions season between the Ravens (1-0) and the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) has its own sound track. The las Vegas odds have Baltimore has a 1.5-point road favorite in this AFC North Division showdown. The Bengals swept the NFL predictions season series a year ago so revenge should be on the minds of the Ravens.
The Bengals came out of the gates sluggish and were ambushed by an onslaught of Patriots big plays and found themselves down 31-3 in the third period of their week 1 NFL predicitons contest. Carson Palmer eventually got the passing game going with TD passes to Ochocinco and rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham but it was too little too late.
This week, at home, against the Ravens, the Bengals will need to start this weeks NFL predictions match-up fast. The duo of “flamboyant” Ochocinco and TO combined for 19 catches, but made little noise early when the NFL picks contest win was on the line. The Ravens, unlike the Patriots, like to get after the quarterback so Palmer will need to find his reads and release quickly. A good passing attack, which the Bengals possess, could give the undermanned Ravens secondary a challenge. With All-Pro safety Ed Reed in street clothes, the middle could be open for Gresham and both TO and Ochocinco could find room against the average cornerbacks of the Ravens.
On defense in today's week 2 NFL predictions contest, the Ravens will look to shut down the run early, giving Cedric Benson of the Bengals no room to run, and making the Bengals one-dimensional. Palmer will be harassed with varying formations and blitzes. The Ravens limited the Jets to under 200 yards in total offense but plays were there to be had, only to be undermined by bad throws and drops. Linebackers Terrell Suggs and All-Pro Ray Lewis were particularly active and should be so again.
The Bengals must be ready to play from the first whistle in today's week 2 NFL predictions contest and, if they can run the ball even a little and protect their quarterback, plays are out there against the Ravens secondary. The question is can the Bengals’ defense stop the Ravens running attack well enough to get the ball into the hands of their offensive playmakers. That answer will go a long way in determining if the two teams will be tied in the division or if the Bengals fall into an early 0-2 hole.
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