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Cincinnati played well against the Steelers last week, and will get another shot at a division rival this week when they head to Baltimore.
The Ravens, meanwhile, are coming off a dreadful loss to the Seahawks. Baltimore's advantage over the Steelers evaporated when the Ravens lost and Pittsburgh won.
While the Bengals have a lot to play for, Baltimore has more. They have to prove, once again, that they really are the AFC North's best team.
I expect the Ravens will win and cover the spread. The Bengals are a good football team, but Baltimore, when properly motivated, are arguably in the top five in the league. I'm not so sure you can say that about the Bengals quite yet.
The Bengals' passing attack, led by quarterback Andy Dalton and a strong collection of weapons, is the Bengals' best hope. If A.J. Green can return completely healthy, Cincinnati could take advantage of the Raven's secondary.
Baltimore's Ray Rice needs to step up with a big game against a very good defensive team, and I expect he'll pull it off, which will be the difference maker.
The contest has huge implications for both squads and for Pittsburgh in what is easily the tightest division in the NFL.
Prediction: Baltimore 23, Cincinnati 14