Found December 27, 2012 on Football Nation:
With the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 of the regular season this game could have had more ramifications than it currently does. As it sits now, the Ravens, after their win over the Giants on Sunday, have clinched the AFC North and are currently in the fourth seed for the playoffs.The Bengals, after their last second thriller in Pittsburgh, now own the last Wild Card spot. The debate is currently whether or not the Ravens will decide to play their starters, and for the win, or let their backups get valuable reps.Head coach of the Bengals, Marvin Lewis, has already gone on record saying that his team is not very dinged up and that their starters will play, despite not being able to gain a higher seed.Due to the Bengals starters and Ravens starters most likely playing we can expect to see some action going down at Paul Brown Stadium.In last season's finale in Cincinnati Ray Rice had a field day, racking in well over 100 rushing yards and two touchdow...
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