These two have a history.
Week 1 of the 2017 season, the Ravens went into Cincinnati and handed them a 20-0 shutout loss. Then in Week 17, Andy Dalton found wide receiver Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-12 for a game winning, 44-yard touchdown pass. In return, the Bengals handed the Ravens a playoff contention elimination.
Now it's Week 2 of the 2018 season and playoff hopes could very much be on the line. Both the Bengals and Ravens are coming off wins and their AFC North division rivals – the Steelers and Browns – tied in Week 1.
Thursday night's matchup will be the first real test of the season for the Ravens after blowing out the Bills 47-3 in what looked like a sixth preseason game.
Joe Flacco hit all three of his new wideouts in the endzone and finished the day early with a 121.7 rating in less than ideal weather conditions. The Ravens' O-line will have to continue to protect Flacco with defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Andrew Billings on the other side of the ball. Bengals safety Clayton Fejedelem could present a problem after causing a forced fumble Sunday against the Colts and taking it all the way to the house to seal their win. He finished Week 1 with a 91.1 Pro Football Focus grade.
The Ravens defense will now be tasked with keeping a close eye on Bengals running back Joe Mixon, who finished Sunday's game with 17 carries for 95-yards and one touchdown, and wide receiver A.J. Green, who finished the afternoon with six receptions for 92-yards and one touchdown. But with the way the Ravens defense performed against the Bills and all four cornerbacks earning at least an 81 overall Pro Football Focus rating, the short week could prove beneficial in terms of keeping the momentum going.
Will the Ravens be seeking revenge? Some members of this squad will tell you no but for cornerback Brandon Carr, who dove trying to bring down Boyd on that fateful play, says this game will be different.
"If I were to say ‘no,' I'd be lying," Carr said via the team's website. "We've still got that bitter taste in our mouths."
"But this is a new year, new look, new opportunity for us to go out there and set the tone early. [There are] some things we want back from that game, but that's the past. This year – we're 1-0 right now, we have a short week, have a big opponent, have to go there to play in front of their crowd. It's going to be an intense game, but we're focused, we're ready. We're just excited to play another game of football."
The two have met 44 times since 1996 with the series tied at 22 a piece.
Cornerback Maurice Canady (thigh), running back Kenneth Dixon (knee), defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen) and tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) did not participate in practice Tuesday for the Ravens. Wide receiver Janarion Grant (hand) was limited.
Guard Clint Boling (foot), linebacker Preston Brown (ankle), wide receiver Cody Core (back), cornerback Darqueze Dennard (neck), defensive end Carlos Dunlap (calf), tight end Tyler Eifert (back) and cornerback William Jackson (shoulder) are listed on the Bengals' Week 2 injury report.
Ahead of Thursday's matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.
RAVENS VS. BILLS WEEK 1:
Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
What: Week 2 regular season
When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 p.m. ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cin. OH
TV Channel: NFL Network
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Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock
Weather: 80 degrees, mostly sunny
RAVENS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:
Week 1: Sun., 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m. (W: 47-3)
Week 2: Thur., 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.
Week 3: Sun., 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.
Week 4: Sun., 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.
Week 5: Sun., 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.
Week 6: Sun., 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.
Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.
Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 10: BYE week
Week 11: Sun., 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.
Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Sat., 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD
Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.