One of the biggest games of the season for both teams may occur in week one when the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Baltimore Ravens at 1 pm, EST on Sunday, September 7th. The Bengals vs. Ravens game can be watched online via live stream below (free with subscription). The game will be televised on CBS
TV Info: CBS
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket or ProNFL.net.
The Cincinnati Bengals come to town after dispatching Baltimore to win the AFC North last season, and ending years of disappointment against one of their division rivals. Before that, the Ravens won the division in 2011 and 2012 while going 3-1 versus Cincinnati in those two seasons.
However, Baltimore limped to an 8-8 record in 2013, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Baltimore, Cincinnati and the Pittsburgh Steelers have each won the AFC North twice, since then.
The Ravens will host Pittsburgh in week two this year.
For the Bengals to find success in this week's game, they will need strong play from quarterback Andy Dalton and star wide receiver AJ Green. Green pulled in 98 passes for 1,426 yards and eight scores in 2013, and this year he wants to do even better. No doubt he has the speed, body, and athleticism to get the job done, and if he can find success early, then he could get the Bengals on the road to another AFC North title.
The Ravens will try to shut him down with new free safety Darian Stewart who they acquired from the Rams during the offseason, and healthy cornerback Lardarius Webb. Webb is back from back surgery after last season, and is ready to go on Sunday.
For the Ravens, they will need Joe Flacco to be Joe Cool-under-pressure, and they will need newly acquired linebacker Elvis Dumervil and longtime quarterback pain bringer, Terrell Suggs to put pressure on Dalton and force turnovers.
How Dalton performs against the Ravens' linebacker onslaught will be a key matchup for the game.
The venue is playing into Baltimore's hands, as the Ravens have won eight consecutive home openers. Also, Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh is 5-1 in Baltimore against the Bengals. Andy Dalton has never been able to lead the Bengals to victory in Baltimore.
To catch the game online, you can check out NFL Sunday Ticket or try ProNFL.net. If you want to listen on the radio, the Ravens' broadcast on WBAL 1090 AM and the Bengals' broadcast on WCKY 1530 AM. The game will be on the CBS Television Network with a 1 pm EST kickoff.