NFL Picks And Predictions Week 17: Ravens Vs. Bengals

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 20: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals outruns Baltimore Ravens defenders in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won, 31-24. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

NFL experts are divided on who will win this Sunday's Baltimore Ravens-Cincinnati Bengals game.

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.


For more on the Ravens, check out Baltimore Beat Down. For more on the Bengals, visit Cincy Jungle.

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