Preview: Baltimore at Cincinnati

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 29, 2013
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

The defending Super Bowl champs look to bounce back from a damaging defeat and give themselves a chance to repeat when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. While the Baltimore Ravens can technically lose and still back into the playoffs if several other teams in the hunt also lose, they can make it much easier on themselves with a win coupled with losses or ties by either San Diego or Miami.

In order to deliver the Bengals their first loss at home this season, Baltimore will need to put forth a better effort than the one it submitted in a 41-7 home loss to New England, which forced four Ravens turnovers to drop them out of AFC North contention. Cincinnati, which locked up that division crown while crushing Minnesota, 42-14, still has something to play for, as it can attain a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win and a loss by the Patriots, who are hosting Buffalo. The first matchup between Baltimore and Cincinnati on Nov. 10 saw the Ravens blow a 17-0 lead - including a Hail Mary touchdown pass by the Bengals that forced overtime - before winning 20-17 in the extra session.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: -6, O/U: 44.5.

ABOUT THE RAVENS (8-7): Coach John Harbaugh has made the postseason in each of his first five seasons with Baltimore, turning playoff football into one of the trademarks of the organization. Along the way, another trademark has been the team's ability to bounce back from losses like the one it sustained against New England; the Ravens have won their last nine games following double-digits setbacks. Quarterback Joe Flacco, who has zero touchdowns and two interceptions in his last two games, has struggled at Cincinnati, where he has four scores and six picks through the air in his last four full games at Paul Brown Stadium.

The chances of the Patriots falling at home to the Bills may not be very high, but Cincinnati has indicated it will not rest its starters and has every intention of going all in to give itself a chance to move up the playoff ladder. "We're going to do everything we can to win the football game with our guys and go at it that way," coach Marvin Lewis told reporters this week. Some Bengals players have hinted that hurting Baltimore's chances is an extra incentive, especially given the fact that Baltimore has won five of the last six meetings between the division rivals.


1. Flacco needs 280 passing yards to join Vinny Testaverde as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to reach 4,000 in a season.

2. Bengals QB Andy Dalton (4,015 yards) needs 117 yards to surpass Carson Palmer's franchise mark for a season, set in 2007.

3. Baltimore had three turnovers and totaled 189 yards in the overtime win against Cincinnati earlier this season.

PREDICTION: Bengals 24, Ravens 20

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Baltimore 8-7 L1 20.2 21.2 6-2 2-5 1-4 7-3 1-1 3-2 6-5
Cincinnati 10-5 W1 26.4 19.2 7-0 3-5 1-4 9-1 1-2 2-3 7-4

Last Meeting

Baltimore Cincinnati
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/10/13 CIN 17 BAL 20 189 85 104 364 120 244

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
BAL J. Flacco 55.6 140 2 2
CIN A. Dalton 47.1 274 2 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
BAL B. Pierce 8 31 3.9 0
CIN G. Bernard 14 58 4.1 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
BAL T. Smith 5 46 9.2 1
CIN A. Green 8 151 18.9 1
TDs Player TD
BAL D. Clark 1
CIN G. Bernard 1
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
BAL J. Flacco 58.9 3720 18 19
CIN A. Dalton 62.2 4015 31 16
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
BAL R. Rice 208 645 3.1 4
CIN B. Green-Ellis 209 690 3.3 7
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
BAL T. Smith 62 1101 17.8 4
CIN A. Green 94 1365 14.5 10
TDs Player TD
BAL M. Brown 6
CIN A. Green 10

Quickchart Matchup

Baltimore Off vs  Cincinnati Def
313.1 yards
311.1 yards
3.1 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
6 yards/attempt
5.6 yards/attempt
Cincinnati Off vs  Baltimore Def
366.8 yards
331.7 yards
3.6 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
7 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Baltimore Overall Cincinnati
8-7 W/L 10-5
7-8-0 ATS 9-5-1
7-8-0 O/U 9-5-1
20.2 Pts For 26.4
21.2 Pts Against 19.2
Baltimore A/H Cincinnati
2-5 W/L 7-0
3-4-0 ATS 7-0-0
4-3-0 O/U 5-2-0
20.7 Pts For 34.4
25.3 Pts Against 16.7