Ravens want no part of a flop after a mon­ster win over the Pats

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Key matchup

Bengals re­ceivers Au­den Tate and Tyler Boyd vs. Ravens CBs Jimmy Smith, Mar­lon Humphrey and Mar­cus Peters: Bengals rookie quar­ter­back Ryan Fin­ley will be mak­ing his first NFL start, but Cincin­nati still has qual­ity re­ceivers in Tate and Boyd. Tate had five catches for 91 yards against the Ravens when the teams met ear­lier in the sea­son. Boyd has 51 catches for 536 yards and a touch­down on the sea­son. All three of the Ravens corner­backs can play press cov­er­age and all three have good size.

What’s at stake

The Bengals are 0-8 and the only win­less team in the NFL. No­body wants to be the first team to lose to Cincin­nati, es­pe­cially after the Ravens had one of the big­gest wins in fran­chise his­tory Sun­day night against the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots. The Ravens want to stack wins. They are rid­ing a four-game win­ning streak and want to gain as much lever­age as pos­si­ble for a play­off berth and per­haps home­field ad­van­tage. The play­offs are still two months away and not the im­me­di­ate fo­cus, but al­ways in the pic­ture.

What’s on the radar

Coach John Har­baugh doesn’t want to look too far ahead, but after the Bengals, the Hous­ton Tex­ans come to town. A La­mar Jack­son vs. De­shaun Wat­son matchup at quar­ter­back is cer­tainly more in­ter­est­ing and en­ter­tain­ing than Jack­son vs. Fin­ley. The Bengals are go­ing nowhere and Hous­ton leads the AFC South with a 6-3 record. Bring on the Tex­ans with Wat­son and re­ceiver De­An­dre Hop­kins. As for the Ravens’ game Sun­day, it might be a good day to rake leaves. It prom­ises to be more en­ter­tain­ing.


Bal­ti­more Ravens’ Mar­lon Humphrey (44) stands on the field dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game on Nov. 3.

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