The Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals today in the regular season finale, with everything on the line. If the Ravens win, they make the playoffs. It’s as simple as that. With that being said, here are my three predictions for today’s matchup.
The Ravens Defense Bounces Back
The Ravens are coming off an ugly win against the Indianapolis Colts, where they could not get any pressure on quarterback Jacoby Brissett and dropped a countless number of would-be interceptions.
Today, that changes.
Yes the Bengals have gotten better as a whole since the Ravens beat them 20-0 back in Week One, but so have the Ravens. Now, I do not expect another five turnover day, but the Ravens’ defense will be flying towards the ball with extra motivation.
Late last night, it was announced that Defensive Coordinator, Dean Pees is expected to retire after this season’s end.
The Ravens want to send Pees out on top and show the world how well he coached that team. I predict the Ravens force three turnovers and have four sacks on the day. I also think AJ Green will slip past Brandon Carr for his traditional 40+ yard score against the Ravens.
January Joe Rings in the New Year
Quarterback Joe Flacco has shown new life in December and I expect him to keep that up today.
Flacco has thrown for 1063 yards and seven touchdowns to only one interception since the month started. Compare that to the 1875 yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in the 11 games prior.
Flacco is notoriously known for playing his best late in the season when it counts the most. He led his team to the Super Bowl back in 2012 and has yet to lose in the first round.
Today, Flacco is going to throw for over 260 yards with two touchdowns, hopefully to Danny Woodhead and Benjamin Watson.
Breshad Perriman Finally Has a Big Game
It’s taken 17 weeks, a handful of healthy scratches, and a handful of sarcastic cheers, but receiver Breshad Perriman will finally have a big game.
With Jeremy Maclin doubtful to play and the addition of Quincy Adeboyejo off of the practice squad, Perriman needs to get that monkey off his back, especially if he wants to stay in Baltimore.
Perriman will have 75 yards on the day, with most of them coming on a big slant pass to get the Ravens into the redzone.
The Ravens will win handily against the Bengals, and punch their ticket for the playoffs. All the ups and downs this season had will prove to be worth it.
Final Score: Ravens 27, Bengals 10