Playbook picks: Bengals-Ravens a tough call

The Bengals entered the season with huge expectations, but were immediately humbled by a blowout loss in New England. Can they rebound against the rival Ravens? Well, only one of three Playbook analysts sees that happening.

Sterling Sharpe likes Cincinnati to even its record, while Joe Theismann and Brian Baldinger each see the Ravens winning and taking a two-game division lead over the Bengals.

Sharpe is also going out on his own by predicting the Rams will get the better of the Raiders and improve to 1-1. Theismann and Baldinger see Oakland getting the victory.

Differences aside, Sharpe, Theismann and Baldinger are all in agreement that Peyton Manning will knock off Eli in the brothers’ second meeting. Take a look at all their picks:

Without further ado, take a look at all of their Week 2 picks:

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Eagles at Lions
Sterling Sharpe: Eagles
Joe Theismann: Eagles
Brian Baldinger: Eagles

Buccaneers at Panthers
Sharpe: Panthers
Theismann: Buccaneers
Baldinger: Panthers

Cardinals at Falcons
Sharpe: Falcons
Theismann: Falcons
Baldinger: Falcons

Dolphins at Vikings
Sharpe: Vikings
Theismann: Vikings
Baldinger: Vikings

Bills at Packers
Sharpe: Packers
Theismann: Packers
Baldinger: Packers

Texans at Redskins
Sharpe: Texans
Theismann: Texans
Baldinger: Texans

Saints at 49ers
Sharpe: Saints
Theismann: Saints
Baldinger: Saints

Bears at Cowboys
Sharpe: Cowboys
Theismann: Cowboys
Baldinger: Cowboys

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Ravens at Bengals
Sharpe: Bengals
Theismann: Ravens
Baldinger: Ravens

Chiefs at Browns
Sharpe: Chiefs
Theismann: Chiefs
Baldinger: Chiefs

Jaguars at Chargers
Sharpe: Chargers
Theismann: Chargers
Baldinger: Chargers

Steelers at Titans
Sharpe: Titans
Theismann: Titans
Baldinger: Titans

Seahawks at Broncos
Sharpe: Seahawks
Theismann: Seahawks
Baldinger: Broncos

Rams at Raiders
Sharpe: Rams
Theismann: Raiders
Baldinger: Raiders

Giants at Colts
Sharpe: Giants
Theismann: Colts
Baldinger: Colts

Patriots at Jets
Sharpe: Patriots
Theismann: Patriots
Baldinger: Jets

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