Dec 30, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (91) and defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) tackle the Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
This is a big game for both teams, but for completely different reasons. For the Ravens, with games still remaining against the Bears, Jets, Patriots, Lions and Bengals, a loss to the Bengals at home would all but eliminate their playoff chances. For the Bengals, a win doesn’t mathematically wrap anything up, but it would give them a 2.5 game lead on Cleveland and 3.5 game lead on the Ravens with just 7 to play (6 for the Bengals). I expect this to be like most AFC North games –an ugly, physical, low scoring game featuring lots of defense. I see the Bengals finding a way to deal a blow to the Ravens.
Bengals 24, Ravens 20