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Tyrod Taylor was the key player for the Baltimore Ravens in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals with little at stake with playoff positioning already sealed.
Both the Ravens and Bengals were guaranteed to make the postseason after Week 16's action, and although the two teams are now tied in the standings, Baltimore had already clinched the AFC North title. So the result of the game was largely academic. As such, Baltimore rested its starters early, giving backups large chunks of playing time.
They didn't get the win, but they played decent: Tyrod Taylor threw a pick, but had 149 yards passing while gaining 65 yards and scoring a touchdown on the ground, while the backups held Cincinnati to only one offensive touchdown. All things considered, Ravens blog Baltimore Beatdown was pleased by the performances of the second-stringers in the 23-17 loss, but for the most part focused on the big picture in their postgame recap.
So, no real big surprises but I wish the starters had shown a little more with their time on the field but why show anything in a meaningless game, I guess. Playoffs here we come for the fifth straight year!!! Would you call that a dynasty yet? Maybe if you throw a Super Bowl in there too...
Next up for Baltimore are the Indianapolis Colts, who will play in Baltimore next Sunday at 1 p.m.