Are you ready to see the 4th-and-12 play about 47 times tonight? Can’t wait!
Hopefully the focus can be on tonight’s game, but you just know they’re going to show that lowlight enough to make you want to puke.
Here are all the stats, quotes, notes, and more to get you ready for Ravens-Bengals. Here’s to revenge.
KNOW THY ENEMY
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
OLB Terrell Suggs on Week 1’s 47-3 win over Buffalo:
“It’s the first game. You can’t tell anything by the first game. You all know the NFL season is a marathon. It’s not a sprint. Nobody’s going into a Super Bowl, playoffs or anything right now after this game. It’s one game. We’ve got one in the can on our home field. It’s a good win. … It’s a good start, but we think we can get better.”
Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale on why CB Tavon Young fits into the slot cornerback role so well:
“The best way I can describe Tavon: He’s a pit bull. He does everything that you want a slot corner to do. He covers well. He tackles well. He knows the defense inside and out. He understands situations better this year, just with his experience. You need a smart, crafty guy to play nickel for you, and we have a couple of them.”
“He’s definitely getting more reps out there. Maturity is definitely the biggest thing. Having that extra year in the league to learn and grow as a man and as a player. You really haven’t seen his set of skills. You saw it a little bit in the preseason, but once he really gets it going in the game, we’re going to have another pair of legs on third down late in the game. He’ll be one of our guys to be able to make those type of plays.”
Former Bengals & Ravens WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh on head coach John Harbaugh:
“He lets his coaches coach. He lets you be yourself as a player, but you don’t cross that line. He was fantastic; I enjoyed him. He knows I enjoyed him. There are just not that many coaches that are of the pedigree that John is. He’s that good of a coach. … I’ve been around a lot of head coaches, and John Harbaugh is one of the better head coaches that I played for.”
WR Michael Crabtree on if he expected a 47-3 win in Week 1:
“We work hard. One thing I realized when I got here is we work hard. [This win] is big. It just shows how hard we’ve been working. … As a receiver, all three receivers getting a touchdown, that’s something that we strive for and something that we’ve been showing in practice every day. So, it’s really just showing the world.”
GETTING TO KNOW YOU~ Q&A with Brandon Williams
You’re a fan of the theater. Do you have a dream role that you would love to play?
“Mufasa from ‘The Lion King.’ That would be awesome! I’ve always loved ‘Lion King’ growing up – that’s my favorite movie. I just love it. I hold my son up like Rafiki does with Simba, like, every day.”
What is the weirdest meal you’ve ever had?
“When I was a kid, I thought it would be smart to make a jelly and mustard sandwich. I don’t know why. It was grape jelly, but it was disgusting. I got my brother to eat it, and I got one of my cousins to eat it, and they threw up instantly. It was all bad.”
Where’s one place you’ve never been but always wanted to go?
“Tokyo, Japan. I love sushi, I love seafood, but also, I love their culture, all the electronics, and the city just glows in the dark. I would love to see that. Plus, I’m a ‘Fast and Furious’ junkie. ‘Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift?’ I would love to go there and learn how to drift.”
Who would you want to compete against in a lip sync battle?
“My only competition would be Justin Tucker. He’s so animated. Matthew Judon would be good at that, but I’d probably go against Tucker. I don’t know what song I would do. It would have to be something energetic and fun where I can move around – because we’re lip syncing, it’s not like I have to sing. Something with a lot of emotion that I can get into. Maybe Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ or something.”
What’s one thing that’s guaranteed to make you smile?
“Saying the word ‘smile.’ (laughs) Anything – I’m always pretty happy.”
What constitutes as a perfect day for you?
“I would say, waking up in the morning – probably cooking breakfast for the family, getting the boys off to school, spending some time with my wife. Maybe running errands or something. Probably getting some time to myself, too, maybe take time for me and my wife to watch a movie or a TV show.”
If you could wake up having gained one ability or quality, what would it be?
“Super strength, obviously. I like The Incredible Hulk. But I also love Wolverine with his claws and how he’s indestructible.”
What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
“My kids playing hide-and-go-seek yesterday. It was the funniest thing ever. First of all, they weren’t hiding very well. Second of all, my son is a cheater. He likes to count and look [through his fingers]. I love him to death, but still. That was the highlight of my day yesterday.”
HEY, YOU LOOK FAMILIAR! ~ Key Connections
Baltimore QBs coach James Urban spent the past seven seasons (2011-17) with Cincinnati as its wide receivers coach.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis served as Baltimore’s defensive coordinator from 1996-2001, helping the Ravens claim Super Bowl XXXV in the 2000 season.
Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin spent three years as the Ravens’ secondary coach (2011-13).
Cincinnati defensive line coach Jacob Burney served in the same role in Baltimore from 1999-2001.
Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons spent his first year in the NFL with the Ravens as assistant special teams coach/assistant strength and conditioning coach in 1998.
Cincinnati strength and conditioning coach Chip Morton held the assistant strength and conditioning coach position in Baltimore from 1999-2001. Bengals assistant strength and conditioning coach Jeff Friday served nine seasons (1999-2007) with the Ravens as head strength and conditioning coach.
Bengals CB Tony McRae spent part of the 2017 season with the Ravens and played in four games, after serving two games on the practice squad.
HOW DO THEY TAILGATE?
By managing to ruin both spaghetti AND chili.
We made homemade “Skyline Chili” last year when the Ravens and Bengals met in Week 1. It was new and interesting and I see no reason to ever do it again.