Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/27/12
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 touchdowns. Fans should expect more of the same this week as Ray Rice is the X factor for the Ravens' offense.Look for the Bengals' secondary to do more of what they are good at, picking off Joe Flacco. No other team's secondary has intercepted more passes from Flacco than Cincinnati's.A third key matchup to watch out for is A.J. Green and which corner he will be paired with. This season Green has made quite an impact for the Bengals, surpassing the 1,000-yard receiving mark and having 11 touchdowns. Cary Williams for the Ravens will most likely be matched up against Green but look for A.J. to have a decent day against the Ravens due to Ed Reed fighting his constant shoulder injury. 
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