The AFC North matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals is a highly anticipated game, with many experts predicting a victory for the Ravens. WJZ’s panel of experts has put together their predictions for the outcome of Thursday night’s “blackout game.”
According to WJZ reporter Alex Glaze, the key to this game is getting after Joe Burrow and the offensive side. Glaze expects the Ravens to bounce back from their loss to the Browns and beat the Bengals 31-21. On the other hand, Steve Huber, host of Huber in the Morning on 100.7 The Bay, thinks beating the Bengals might be as tough as “muscling down a plate of skyline spaghetti.” Huber believes that despite some concerns about Ravens players who did not attend practice this week, the team will still shine during prime time and emerge victorious with a score of 27-24.
WJZ Anchor Rick Ritter is looking forward to seeing Ravens rookie Keaton Mitchell play tonight, but he also believes that it will be a close game down to the last couple of seconds. Ritter predicts a final score of Ravens 24, Bengals 23. Former wide receiver Qadry Ismail agrees that it’s a must-win game for the Ravens if they want to be leaders in the AFC North. While he thinks it will be a close score, Ismail predicts a final tally of 31-28 in favor of the Ravens. Meanwhile, WJZ Sports Director Mark Viviano says that John Harbaugh’s teams have never lost a Thursday night home game and that this short week benefits the home team no doubt. He predicts a final score of Ravens 27-23.