Lamar Jackson has been ruled out of the Baltimore Ravens' playoff clash against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The quarterback hasn't recovered from an ankle injury he suffered in Week 13.
Hence, it appears that Tyler Huntley will be starting as the Ravens' quarterback this weekend. The 24-year-old is currently listed as questionable due to a shoulder problem, but he trained with the team on Friday.
Huntley didn't play in the Week 18 loss to the Bengals in the regular season due to a shoulder injury. The Ravens started third-choice quarterback Anthony Brown in that game. He threw for 286 yards and two interceptions without a touchdown.
Since Jackson is ruled out and Brown isn't reliable enough to lead the team in the postseason, the onus to get the Baltimore Ravens past Cincinnati lies with Huntley.
Tyler Huntley's stats in the 2022-23 NFL season
Huntley has thrown for 658 yards and two touchdowns, with three interceptions. He also has 137 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground across six games for the Ravens.
The quarterback threw for 130 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will have to be at his best if the Ravens are to take down the high-flying Bengals.
NFL Playoffs: Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens prediction
The Cincinnati Bengals stormed to the AFC North title on the back of an eight-game win streak towards the back end of the regular season. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens finished second in their division with a 10-7 record.
Given that Baltimore are without their first-choice quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Bengals are favorites to win this game.
John Harbaugh's side haven't looked the same without Jackson in their offense. The Ravens will also need to prevent Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow from getting too much time on the ball.
If they manage to keep the Cincinnati offense to a low score, Baltimore may stand a chance of making it to the next round. But the Bengals are riding a wave of momentum and should have enough in the tank to get past the Ravens.