The Ravens may not go full throttle for four quarters in Sunday’s game at the Cincinnati Bengals, but they’re still talking a good game Wednesday.
They’ve secured the AFC North, and the only thing at stake is a No. 3 or 4 seeding for their wild-card playoff game that will be at M&T Bank Stadium regardless of the outcome.
“There’s no formula here. What we try to do is do what’s best for us to be the best team we can be in the playoffs,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Part of that is playing as well as we can play this week.
“We’re going to win the football game. But we’ve got other considerations to take into account as well. Some of it has to do with different guys’ health and there are some domino effects with that. You have to go play all out to win the football game.”
So even though what Harbaugh said sounded like a guarantee, it really wasn't. He just wants to put in the effort to win.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs (biceps), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) and safety Ed Reed (shoulder) played in last week's 33-14 win vs. the New York Giants but probably could use the rest. Linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps), who came off the injured list Wednesday so he could be activated for the postseason, isn't going to play vs. Cincinnati.
Rice is coming off his most active game as a runner, carrying the ball a season-high 24 times for 107 yards against the Giants. He also had 6 catches for 51 yards, including his first TD in the passing game of the season.
“I always go with the mindset, it’s never over until it’s over,” said Rice, who has 1,145 yards rushing. “You just want to finish the season off right. Finishing it off right is being able to (say) we won the division, but we controlled the division so this game does matter.
“We want to go there and win. … Once you start something you got to finish it. “