Week 10: Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens – What to Look For

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Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant (95) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

At 3-5, this is clearly not the same Ravens team that got on a role last January and won the Super Bowl. The defense is still playing at a high level, but the offense has really taken a hit. Boldin is gone, Pitta is injured, Flacco is erratic, and Ray Rice is averaging 2.7 ypc and is on pace for 518 yards (if you drafted him in fantasy football, you are well aware of his struggles). On paper, the Bengals should win easily.

But, the games aren’t played on paper and AFC North games are almost always close games. Not to mention, this basically a must win for the Ravens. A loss would drop them to 3-6, 3.5 games back of the Bengals with 7 to play, and needing a 7-0 finish just to get to 10 wins. A win however, would pull the Ravens within 1.5 and bring the Bengals back to the pack, suddenly making the AFC North a little more interesting. I like interesting, but not when it comes to the Bengals division.

So, here is what to look for in Baltimore…