Playoffs? Don’t talk about Playoffs

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Oct 31, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts after an interception by Miami Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson (not pictured) in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports


Yes, Jim Mora,we know, but the playoffs are coming sooner now than later,and the Cincinnati Bengals are right in the mix. The Bengals (6-3) are coming off a devastating Thursday Night loss at the hands of the Miami Dolphins and will look to rebound against a Baltimore Ravens (3-5) who are slowly spiraling out of control. Yes, the loss against the Dolphins was an unmitigated disaster. Between injuries, sloppy play and flat-out looking bad on national television, it is a loss the Bengals are hoping to rebound from and quickly. The next two weeks could really help that.

The Bengals travel to Baltimore and, as the Cleveland Browns showed this past Sunday,this isn’t the same Baltimore Ravens team we’ve all been accustomed to seeing. This is a Baltimore team that seems to have trouble fundamentally,with running the ball,blocking,and even has defensive woes. The Ravens are led by Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco,who seems to struggle during the regular season. Although brilliant in the playoffs, Flacco is just average during the regular season and a lack of targets is not helping either.

With the loss of Anquan Boldin (WR) due to trade and Dennis Pitta (TE) to injury,the Bengals should be able to keep the Ravens in check and score enough points for Andy Dalton to collect his first win at Baltmore.

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