Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston picks three key matchups for the Ravens' game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Bengals WR A.J. Green and TE Tyler Eifert vs Ravens secondary: It will be interesting to see how the Ravens match up against the Bengals. Will cornerback Jimmy Smith shadow Green all over the field? If the Ravens double Green, who draws Eifert? Eifert has 13 receptions for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Green has eight catches for 108 yards and one touchdown. The Ravens, particularly cornerback Lardarius Webb, had trouble playing against Oakland's receivers last Sunday. The Bengals will present them with more problems. Edge: Bengals.
Bengals RBs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill vs. Ravens LBs C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith: Bernard has 186 yards rushing on 28 carries while Hill has 102 on 29 carries. It is a relentless combination. Mosley and Smith missed a lot of tackles last week against the Raiders, so they'll play very well against the Bengals. They have to work in tandem, especially against Giovanni, who has quick bursts and cutback ability. Edge: Even.
Bengals DT Geno Atkins vs Ravens LG Kelechi Osemele: The main reason for Cincinnati's improved play on the defensive line is that Atkins is healthy. He draws a lot of double teams, which allows his fellow linemen to play one on one. The Bengals are allowing 97 rushing yards a game, 13th-fewest in the NFL. Atkins has seven tackles, including two sacks. Osemele is an intense competitor and the best on the Ravens when it comes to finishing off blocks. He is having a good season, but is still bothered by a foot injury. The key for Osemele is getting movement at the point of attack instead of allowing Atkins to penetrate or stalemate. Edge: Bengals.