Hoping to move up to the No. 3 seed, the Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon at M&T Stadium.
Baltimore can move up the playoff standings with a win over the Bengals, but also need a loss from New England.
The Bengals have already clinched their playoff berth, but can shake up the AFC playoffs with a win or loss. Should they beat the Ravens, and New England wins, then Cincinnati will again play Baltimore in the first round. However, a loss coupled with the Patriots also losing, means they will travel to Foxboro next week.
After three straight losses, Baltimore locked up the AFC North and possibly re-discovered their offense, after trouncing the New York Giants 33-14 last week.
Joe Flacco went 25-for-36 for 309 yards and two touchdowns, and running backs Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice combined for 230 rushing yards.
Cincinnati continued their dominate second half of the season, punching their postseason ticket with a huge 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road. It was the Bengals first win over Pittsburgh since 2009, and now their second straight trip to the playoffs.
The game was knotted at 10-10 until quarterback Andy Dalton led the final drive to set up kicker Josh Brown’s 43-yard game-winning field goal with four seconds remaining. Dalton made up for his two interceptions with that drive, while the Bengals managed just 14 rushing yards.
Cincinnati’s defense deserves most of the credit, holding the Steelers to just two third down conversions and forced three turnovers.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Cincinnati is favored by 3 points
Over/Under: 41 points
Prediction: The Ravens looked strong against New York last week, and should continue against Cincinnati. Baltimore won’t score as much, but should walk away with a win.
Predicted Score: Baltimore 20, Cincinnati 13
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