Two days removed from the beat down of a lifetime, the Baltimore Ravens have to gear up, head in to the wild jungle that is Paul Brown Stadium and face the AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals for a chance to enter the playoffs. I say chance because just winning will not get the team in.
Baltimore will be relying on Kansas City Chiefs to beat the San Diego Chargers or the New York Jets to beat the Miami Dolphins to help them claim the final Wild Card spot. Both teams do not have to lose, but at least one of them does in order for the Ravens to come out on top in a three-way AFC tiebreaker. With that said, the Ravens need to focus on one thing this Sunday — winning.
One would think that now that the Bengals have secured the AFC North that they would rest their starters, but they now have even more to play for with a first round bye on the line. If the Bengals win and the New England Patriots lose, the No. 2 seed will be theirs along with the bye week. Baltimore will need to buckle their chin straps tight for this one. This will be no easy win.
Andy Dalton is firing on all cylinders as he just mashed on the Minnesota Vikings with a four touchdown performance. Dalton has thrown nine scores and zero interceptions in his last three games while the beloved Joe Flacco has thrown three touchdowns and five picks over the three-game stretch. The message is clear: If the Ravens want to make it to the postseason they cannot expect the Bengals to lay down and give it to them. Their signal caller must pull it together and lead the charge this weekend and then do some praying/cheering for the Chiefs and Jets in order to prevent watching the playoffs from the couch.