The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to get back on track. After allowing a season high 51 points last week. With the Bengals facing the Baltimore Ravens in a divisional showdown on Sunday.
News surrounding the Bengals coaching staff grabbed headlines this week. Starting with the firing of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. He became the second Bengals coordinator fired mid-season in franchise history. Austin was fired after just nine games on the job. Hired after Paul Guenther left to become the Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator.
Head Coach Marvin Lewis is taking on the defensive coordinator duties for now. Taking on a task that taps into his expertise and could evoke a sense of deja vu. Lewis was a defensive coordinator for several years before becoming the Bengals head coach. He was the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator for six seasons. Then spending the 2002 season as the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator.
The return of Hue Jackson is another major development for the Bengals coaching staff. He rejoins the Bengals as a special assistant to Marvin Lewis. Jackson was previously the Bengals offensive coordinator. Before taking the Cleveland Browns head coaching job. The Browns fired Jackson back on October 29th.
There’s some uncertainty injury-wise surrounding the Bengals and Ravens. The Bengals will go into Sunday with a defense still hampered by injuries. Linebackers Nick Vigil and Preston Brown are ruled out for Sunday’s game. Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey were limited for much of this week. Leaving Hardy Nickerson, Malik Jefferson and Jordan Evans as the Bengals healthiest linebackers.
Injuries will likely make wide receiver Tyler Boyd the Bengals prime target receiver. With A.J. Green considered doubtful for Sunday’s game. Josh Malone is ruled out and John Ross’ status is listed as questionable. While Tyler Kroft’s absence will leave C.J. Uzomah as the Bengals main tight end. For the Ravens, who starts at quarterback is the big question at the moment. Joe Flacco’s status is doubtful, making Lamar Jackson Baltimore’s likely starting quarterback.
Sunday’s game will be the last before the playoff picture becomes noticeably relevant. A win will give the Bengals a boost when it comes to their playoff hopes. By making the Ravens path to the playoffs more difficult. Winning on Sunday could also give the Bengals a boost of confidence. Following a lackluster performance against the New Orleans Saints.
Kickoff from Baltimore is set for Sunday at 1:00 PM Eastern time.