Sep 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Bengals Host Ravens In Season Finale
The Baltimore Ravens will have had a little over three months to stew over the loss to the Bengals in week three of the 2015 season. The Bengals could be playing for a first week bye in the playoffs, they could be playing for nothing at all depending on the standings, either way, this is a division game and can set the pace for the playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens fell behind early in their first match up in week three, they will be fighting for a faster start and to slow down the Bengals offense.
Joe Flacco, no matter how injured or how bad this team is, is still Joe Flacco, who has won a Super Bowl and went past all the AFC North teams by advancing past the Wild Card round last year. They can ruin a celebration or momentum quickly and expose defenses. They will be missing Steve Smith Sr. in what would have been his final game of his NFL career before injury sidelined him, but they might have Breshad Perriman and Dennis Pitta back for this game, depending on recovery from injuries. They are both dangerous and add Crockett Gillmore to the mix and they have a passing attack viable to win.
The defense still has a very good pass rush in C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith. If they can get consistent pressure on Dalton, or any quarterback, it could cause mistakes, which Baltimore has been good at capitalizing on in recent years. Lardarius Webb is starting to get up there in years like Leon Hall, but is just as dangerous making plays. Even if this game means nothing in the standings, this is still a division game and still could mean something to take into the post-season, barring the Bengals falling apart.
The first half of the season has had us all on the edge of our seats. We just hope the second half brings the Bengals some great wins, moments, and what we all hope to be the Bengals chance to get over the playoff hump, once and for all.