1. Carson Palmer can beat the Ravens.
The Carson Palmer of 2009 may not be in the same form we’ve come to know, but he is still Carson Palmer. And Carson Palmer has the ability to throw the ball all over the Ravens when he’s feeling good. He’s done it before.
Overall, in nine games against the Ravens, Palmer has a quarterback rating of 87.6 with 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Not outstanding, but not shabby either.
But those numbers are skewed a bit. Palmer either plays his best or his worst against Baltimore. Palmer has six games against the Ravens with a QB Rating over 90 - in four of those games his QB rating is well over 100. In the other three games, his rating is under 60. There’s no middle ground.
Again, this year’s Palmer may not be able to do that - the Bengals are not the offensive force they once were. But if he’s done it before, he can do it again.