Can the Ravens make the AFC North a closer race?

Can the Ravens make the AFC North a closer race?
November 10, 2013, 7:00 am
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Loss to Bengals would end Ravens season

GAME DAY EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens as they prepare to host the Bengals.

Two-minute topic: Has the torch in the AFC North been passed from the Ravens (3-5) to the Bengals (6-3)?

We could be watching a changing of the guard in the AFC North, but the Ravens hope to prove otherwise.

The Steelers (2-6) are in the basement. The Ravens (3-5) may miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Meanwhile, the Bengals (6-3) are leading the division, with a chance to deflate the Ravens with a victory this afternoon at M & T Bank Stadium. It’s hardly a shock to see the Bengals in this position. They have been a wild card team the past two seasons, building an impressive roster of young talent. The Bengals just keep adding pieces, like rookie running back Giovani Bernard, and rookie tight end Tyler Eifert.

Many picked the Bengals to win the division, and they might be even better in the next few seasons.

The Ravens have had an impressive run, making the playoffs five straight seasons, winning the division the past two seasons, and winning the Super Bowl in February. But as many predicted, defending the championship has been difficult for the Ravens, particularly after the numerous personnel changes made during the offseason.

With eight games left to play, the Ravens are running out of time. The Bengals are clearly a team on the rise. Does the road to winning the AFC North still go through Baltimore? If the Ravens lose today, the answer would appear to be no.

Morning thought: “We know any one of these games can be the one where it finally clicks for us and we start playing like we know we can. We’re just holding on to that.” – Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.