SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
If there is uneasiness about the preseason in the Bengaldom countryside, the Bengals.com film room tries to soothe the natives in the weekly matchup.
"I think Baltimore is going to be the better team, but not now,"says The Guru, a former NFL general manager. "And I'm worried about Cincinnati's defense. But Baltimore's offensive line is real vulnerable and their running game isn't in sync yet. Plus, I think it's a real plus for Cincinnati and its pass protection that the game is at home. That is going to help them and I think they're catching Baltimore at the right time. I see the Bengals winning it."
After watching both teams this preseason, The Chief, a current personnel director not in the Bengals division, calls both teams Super Bowl contenders and thinks the Ravens are a little more balanced on both sides of the ball. But he calls the game "a tossup," with the edge going to the home team.
"You get up on Baltimore and you don't have to play perfect defense," The Chief says.