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History Not On Bengals Side In Prime Time Opener Against Baltimore

The Cincinnati Bengals host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football in a showdown about respect.

These Bengals aren’t respected by many outside of the Queen City after retaining Marvin Lewis, yet stormed from behind to win in Week 1 despite underdog status.

Win Week 2 on primetime and the national narrative starts changing. These are the numbers to know before kickoff.

5-14: Cincinnati’s record on primetime under Andy Dalton.

2: The number of non-1 p.m. ET kickoffs for the Bengals this year. The other is simply a Week 14 road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

3-6: Joe Flacco’s record at Paul Brown Stadium. He’s consistently struggled against the Bengals pass rush.

9-6: Marvin Lewis’ record in home openers.

7-2: Bengals’ record vs. Ravens over the last nine matchups.

240 yards: A.J. Green’s tally over his last two TNF games.

695 yards and six touchdowns: Green’s ownership of the Ravens over their past seven encounters.

49 yards and 44 seconds: The distance and time left in Week 17 a year ago when Tyler Boyd caught a touchdown to send Buffalo, not Baltimore, to the playoffs.

149: Yards from scrimmage for Joe Mixon in Week 1.

47: Number of points scored by Ravens Week 1.

6: Number of Ravens to score touchdowns in Week 1.

7: Number of Ravens with three or more catches in Week 1.

15: Number of percentage points increase at stake in playoff chances Thursday, per FiveThirtyEight.

After showing up in a walking boot earlier this week, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Preston Brown is officially questionable for Thursday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens.

Otherwise, the Bengals are relatively healthy going into the primetime AFC North matchup, the big exception being wideout Cody Core’s doubtful tag.

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