John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens found their way back to winning ways last weekend with a win over the Washington Football Team. However, star quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered a knock to his knee during the game and missed multiple practice sessions during the week. He returned to training on Friday and could still feature against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Joe Burrow-led Bengals won their first NFL game of the season in Week Four against Jacksonville Jaguars. They will look to build on that win by causing a major upset at the M&T Bank Stadium tonight.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Five game day predictions.
The Baltimore Ravens are currently on a 3-1 record and are on track to make the Playoffs for the second consecutive year. Coach John Harbaugh’s team is dealing with quite a few injury niggles in Week Five.
A total of 12 players including QB Lamar Jackson, CB Marcus Peters, and TE Mark Andrews are listed as ‘questionable’. However, Jackson is expected to start against the Bengals.
The reigning NFL MVP has thrown for 769 yards with 7 passing TDs against one interception. He has 235 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD to his name as well.
Harbaugh will want to preserve his star quarterback and will carefully assess his condition before the game begins. Backup quarterbacks Sam Koch and Robert Griffin III could play a decisive role in tonight’s game should their main man be forced to the sidelines at the M&T Bank Stadium.
2019 Heisman Trophy winner, Joe Burrow, had endured a tough start to his NFL career; however, he can take pride in winning his first NFL game. The Bengals beat the Jaguars by a 33-25 scoreline in Week Four.
They could be in for a long season and a potential spot in the Playoffs, but they need some luck to go their way in the coming weeks.
Burrow will bank on WR’s Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, along with star RB Joe Mixon, for support against the Ravens. The Bengals defense will need to watch out for dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is sure to keep them busy all night.
DJ Reader, Sam Hubbard, and Akeem Davis will be the key players in defense for the visiting team.
TE Nick Boyle – Thigh
QB Lamar Jackson – Knee
CB Marcus Peters – Thigh
CB Jimmy Smith – Knee
DT Broderick Washington – Illness
WR Marquise Brown – Knee
DB Anthony Levine Sr. – Abdomen
WR Chris Moore – Finger/Thigh
T Ronnie Stanley – Shoulder/Hip
DT Justin Madubuike – Knee
DE Derek Wolfe – Elbow
TE Marc Andrews – Thigh
G Tyre Philips – Shoulder
HB Joe Mixon – Shin
CB Mackensie Alexander – Hamstring
WR John Ross III – Illness
Tonight’s game is the battle between two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks in the form of Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson. The rookie is going up against the league’s MVP; it doesn’t get any better than this.
We are siding with Jackson and Co. for this one. At his best, the Florida-born quarterback is unplayable, but the knee injury could lead to certain complications.
This one could go right down to the wire.