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.
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.
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.