The last 30 minutes of today's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals looked more like a game that could have taken place in August. With their playoff fate already determined, the Bengals removed most of their first-team offense at halftime. Conversely, with a premium placed on getting healthy and rested, the Ravens decided not to dress half of their starting defense at all.
With the starting Baltimore offense on the sideline midway through the first quarter, the Ravens remained competitive in a game that wasn't decided until the fourth quarter. While most of the Bengals starters remained in the game on defense, Baltimore lost to Cincinnati for the first time in five games.
The final score reflected a competitive contest, but Baltimore was probably happy just to get out of Cincinnati without adding any more names to the team infirmary. The loss dropped the Ravens to 10-6 on the year, but the focus for the team has already shifted to next week's playoff matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
Here are the final game grades and analysis for the Baltimore Ravens.