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Baltimore Travels to Cincy looking for a Sweep

As the Ravens continue their unlikely run towards the playoffs it’s always important to win the games you should.

While plenty of pundits have tried to keep Baltimore out the playoff spotlight pointing to a lack of victories against winning teams, it is important to note that they still win games against inferior teams. They are 7 and 4 and a win this week could put them in a tie for first in the AFC North if the Steelers can’t get past the Patriots.

This week screams, “Trap game” as the Bengals seemingly have little to play for aside from pride. It would seem very easy to look past them and look ahead to three of their last four games at the friendly confines of M & T Bank stadium. But, Coach Harbaugh has done a nice job keeping the team focused and preaching the one game at a time philosophy.

Cincinnati has hit rock bottom. They are one of three teams who are officially eliminated from the playoff picture. Chad Ocho Cinco continues draw attention to himself at any opportunity as he’s headed for his worst season since he was a rookie and the team has injuries all across the board. Marvin Lewis seems to feel confident about his job security and if he truly is then he’s knows something that many of us don’t.

The Ravens are coming off a solid win against Philadelphia and seem to have the momentum they need to get another “W” this week. There are a few worries, as the offensive line may need some reshuffling again. Tackles Adam Terry and Jared Gaither may not be available while former Bengal Willie Anderson will find any means he can to get on the field to play his old team. The line has certainly over achieved this season but lines need time to get cohesion to work well and each week it seems that they are plugging holes.

Trevor Pryce is also another concern as he left the game last week with a concussion and his status is uncertain as well. He is a key cog to the defense as he can generate pressure on his own.

If the Ravens get out to a quick lead, establish the run as they did in week one and avoid giving the Bengals a chance for a win in front of the home fans, in other words eliminate hope they shouldn’t have many problems getting their eighth win.

Ravens 24 Bengals 13

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