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The big question for me tonight will be how Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo attacks Lamar Jackson. The Bengals did a good job against him in a 41-17 win at Baltimore in Week 7 last year, and Jackson didn’t play in the Week 16 rematch at Cincinnati.
It’s like there’s one of three relatively unknown names we might talk about a bit as the game progresses. The first is third-year linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither, who is expected to play the role of spy on Jackson when Anarumo chooses to implement one. Look for Davis-Gaither to also have a key role in covering JK Dobbins out of the backfield.
Then there’s cornerback Tre Flowers, who made his debut for the Bengals against the Ravens in Week 7 last year after the Bengals claimed him off waivers from Seattle. The flowers played a pleasant role as a large corner assigned to the tight ends. He helped keep Mark Andrews to three catches on seven targets last year and also had good games against the Raiders’ Darren Waller and Chiefs Travis Kelce.
And then there’s wildcard first-round pick Dax Hill, who’s appeared in just 14 snaps all year. If the Bengals can take a lead and force the Ravens to drop their running offense, we could see Hill play a bigger role than we have in the first four games.
Anarumo isn’t a big blitzer, but with Ravens wide receiver and NFL catch-yards leader Rashod Bateman, the Bengals might be willing to lean on their experienced secondary and put more pressure on Jackson. .