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How Week 6 could have been pivotal in Bengals winning AFC North

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Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) gets tackled by Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) at M

It’s also rather symbolic that both the Bengals and the Packers narrowly won their games after both teams took control early on the strength of goal line-stands against their opponents.

The Bengals were leading 10-7 standing at their own goal line with the Bills facing a fourth-and-goal, and Bills QB Thad Lewis’ run to the outside was stopped short by Bengals LB James Harrison, and while the game did go into overtime, the Bengals never trailed after Harrison’s goal line save.

Meanwhile, the Packers faced the same scenario, leading 3-0 in the second quarter. The Ravens had a first-and-goal at the GB-4, but four straight runs failed to get the ball into the end zone as the Packers never surrendered their lead and ultimately won, 19-17.

So to recap the firs t six weeks of action, the Bengals hold an early 2-0 record vs the Ravens in terms of common opponents. The Ravens do however have a 1-0 division lead compared to the Bengals’ 1-1 record, but that could change next week with the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Ravens, and Ben Roethlisberger is 9-4 all-time vs Baltimore.

At the end of the day, if the Bengals can just take care of their own business, at the very worst they should have a chance to win the division in Week 17 when they host the Ravens in Cincinnati.

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