Bengals WR A.J. Green vs. Ravens CB Jimmy Smith: Green has hurt the Ravens a lot in recent games and had 10 catches for 227 yards in the first game, including one 80-yard touchdown reception. It seems likely that Smith will draw Green in this game. Smith has the physical size to match up with Green, but seems to have slowed down since the start of the season. Edge: Bengals.
Bengals LBs Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict vs. Ravens Gs Marshal Yanda and Ryan Jensen: Maualuga has 69 tackles and Burfict has 62. If the Ravens are to run the ball, they have to account for those two players. Yanda is having a good season but Jensen still needs to prove he can play at a high level every week. Edge: Bengals.
Bengals QB A.J. McCarron vs. Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees: McCarron has played reasonably well filling in for starter Andy Dalton, having completed 62 of 92 passes for 694 yards and four touchdowns. But Denver shut him down in the second half Monday night by playing a lot of zone and Pees has to come up with a similar game plan. Unfortunately, zone defense has not been a major strength for the Ravens this season. Edge: Ravens.