Ravens must keep contact with Bengals

Ravens must keep contact with Bengals
October 20, 2013, 5:15 pm
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(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

No matter how things turn out in Pittsburgh Sunday evening, the Ravens won’t be back in first place in the AFC North. The Bengals moved to 5-2 with an overtime victory against the Lions. The best the Ravens can hope for is to stay one game behind.

Yes, we’re still not even halfway through the season, but staying just a game back means maintaining control for the Ravens.

The Ravens have two games remaining with Cincinnati, on Nov. 10 and the season finale on Dec. 29. That means they can count on moving ahead of the Bengals by beating them each time.

What the Ravens don’t want to do is fall back and not be in position to win the division. In what already is shaping up as a topsy-turvy AFC this season, who knows what craziness awaits if you fall into the wild-card pool for a postseason berth?

The Bengals, meanwhile, now have won two straight on the road, answering a major question against themselves. Cincinnati is in the midst of a run of four road games in five weeks. With two down, they are home next Sunday against the Jets, then go to Miami (a Thursday game) and Baltimore.

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