Right now, the Bengals are what the Ravens would love to be – undefeated, leading the AFC North, with a multitude of offensive weapons.
The Bengals rolled to their sixth straight victory Sunday by beating the Bills, 34-21. Even with wide receiver A. J. Green being held to four catches for 36 yards, quarterback Andy Dalton completed passes to seven different targets.
“We have so many weapons,” Green said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s hard to double any one of us on offense. We got to keep playing and getting better because the sky’s the limit for this team.”
Green has been facing more double coverage since he went wild against the Ravens in Week 3 with 10 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns. But that hasn’t slowed down the Bengals. Only Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has more passing yards than Dalton, who has a higher quarterback rating (116.1) than anyone except Tom Brady of the Patriots (118.4). Hard to believe you can say “Dalton” and “MVP candidate” in the same sentence with a straight face, but you can.
The Bengals, who have a bye next weekend, have a five-game lead over the struggling Ravens. Cincinnati has beaten the Ravens five of the last six times they have played, including three straight. The Bengals are the clear team to beat in the AFC North.
The big hurdle for the Bengals is to win a playoff game with Dalton, who is 0-4 in the postseason. But the Bengals are the clear team to beat in the AFC North. And the Ravens are far in Cincinnati's rearview mirror.