The Baltimore Ravens will be looking to clinch the AFC North and the Cincinnati Bengals will be attempting to clinch a playoff spot when these two AFC North rivals meet at a sold out Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Bengals have won three of the last five meetings with the Ravens, including a 15-10 victory last September. The Ravens beat the Bengals 31-20 in their meeting in Baltimore earlier this season.
Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal of NBC Sports/Pro Football Talk predict narrow wins for the Ravens, while three out of the five experts at CBSSports.com are picking the Ravens. ESPN's panel of experts are also divided on a Ravens-Bengals winner. Sports Illustrated's Peter King expects Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton to step up and get his team into the post-season.
In the end, puzzling over this game is futile. The Ravens are better. But I don't trust their offense, and I don't trust their road resume (3-4 away, 8-0 home this year), and I trust Andy Dalton to win a big one. Finally.