Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens Preview
Cornerback Jimmy Smith is happy to be back on the field for the Baltimore Ravens after missing six games with a knee sprain. But the game against the Cincinnati Bengals will be different for him. Andy Dalton wonâ€™t be the Cincinnati starting quarterback. Smith and Dalton were both in the 2011 draft class. â€œItâ€™s going to be crazy not to have him back there,â€ Smith said. Smith recorded his first career interception off a Dalton pass. Baltimore hopes to avoid a letdown against the Bengals after handing New England its first loss on Sunday for the Ravens’ fourth straight win. Lamar Jackson rushed for a 152 yards on 19 carries, both season highs, and a score in a Week 6 win over the Bengals in Baltimore.
Cincinnati Bengals Preview
All attention will be on Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Ryan Finley as he makes his NFL debut Sunday against Baltimore. Finley has been paying close attention as the backup to Andy Dalton, who has taken 100 percent of the teamâ€™s snaps this season. â€œHaving the opportunity to watch for eight weeks,â€ Finley said of his development. â€œI love some of the stuff that weâ€™re doing and some of the new stuff that Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll do.â€ A three-year starter at N.C. State, Finley was drafted in the fourth round (104th overall) in April. The Bengals enter off their bye as the last winless team in the NFL. They’ve lost two straight to Baltimore after winning eight of the previous 10 meetings.