The Cincinnati Bengals had a chance on Sunday to essentially eliminate the Baltimore Ravens from the race for the AFC North, as a win would have propelled the Bengals to a 3.5 game lead over the Ravens with six games remaining and all but knock the defending Super Bowl champions out of the division race.
But the Ravens played Sunday’s game against the Bengals with a “must-win” mentality that Cincinnati simply did not match enough of the game to come out with the win, and now Cincinnati’s lead in the North is down to just 1.5 games over the Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
“We can’t get down on ourselves,” Andy Dalton said after Sunday’s game. “There’s a lot left in the season, and we can control our own fate. We are still in a very good position with a lot in front of us, we just need to play our best.”