Bengals loss allows Ravens back into AFC North Race

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September 10, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) cannot make a catch defended by Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson (20) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens aren’t having the kind of success they’ve been accustomed to since John Harbaugh took over, and at 3-5, are on the verge of missing the postseason for the first time in six years. With eight games remaining, they’ll be playing Sunday’s game against the Bengals with a “must-win” mentality that Cincinnati will have to match if they want to come out of Baltimore with a win.

Say what you will about this year’s Ravens team, but their roster is full of players with championship pride that will help drive them to play their best game Sunday and attempt to rally and win the AFC North:

“As it stands, we’re in a tough spot. But I believe in our guys, coaches and players,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I know we have what it takes to be a very good football team in the second half of the season. What we do in the first half does not determine what we do in the second half. We have opportunities to accomplish everything we want to accomplish. We understand that. Now, our focus becomes one game. What we need to do is win one game. Momentum is a crazy thing. You have to stop theirs and build yours. Once you do that, you have a chance to build on that.”

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