Lastly, the third game is none other than the season finale. The Ravens will make the trip to Cincinnati in a game that might be significant enough to decide the AFC North. Last year’s game between the two at the end of the season was met by rested starters as the game didn’t matter much to either team, although the Bengals won. This year, we’ll see if Cincinnati can prevail in a must-win game against the very team that embarrassed them in the 2012 opener.
The difference between a Wild Card berth and a division crown is huge in the modern era of football, and securing the latter will be crucial if Cincinnati wants to end it’s drought of years without a win in the playoffs.