Bengals vs. Ravens: The picks

Ravens 27, Bengals 17


Joe Flacco loves the no-huddle offense — let's see if it scores points. Ray Lewis looks like the "after" shot in a Medifast ad, but the defense is still plenty good enough to intimidate opponents.

Ravens 21, Bengals 17

The Bengals are rising, but they won't take off on the primetime stage in Baltimore. With the Bengals lacking a dangerous No. 2 receiver, the defense will contain A.J. Green, and Ray Rice will continue his success against the AFC North rivals.

Ravens 17, Bengals 14

The Ravens have too much emotion on their side for the Bengals to overcome.

Ravens 27, Bengals 20

It could be a scary night for the Ravens' secondary, but it will be a little scarier for the Bengals on the road. Flacco looks hungry.

Matt Vensel

Ravens 27, Bengals 19

Sans Suggs, the Ravens struggle to get pressure and allow the Bengals to move the ball, but the defense clamps down inside the red zone. Joe Flacco and Ray Rice both start the season strong.

Aaron Wilson


Ravens 24, Bengals 17

No-huddle offense headlined by Joe Flacco, $40 million man Ray Rice provide just enough points. New defensive boss Dean Pees' blitz packages befuddle Andy Dalton, prevent him from striking deep to A.J. Green.

Ravens 24, Bengals 20

The Ravens have never lost an opener in the John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco era and I can't see them doing it at home and in front of a Monday Night audience. Flacco will build off off a solid preseason and the defense will do enough to hold off Andy Dalton and company.