The Baltimore Ravens have piled up some big wins this season, knocking off the only two AFC teams with records superior to their own - including a season sweep of their most bitter rival.
That's what makes it all the more difficult to explain their failures against some of the league's lightweights.
That class no longer includes the Cincinnati Bengals, who will try to keep the host Ravens reeling from their latest shocking loss Sunday in a matchup that will give the winner a share of first place in the AFC North.
Baltimore (6-3) opened its season with a 35-7 win over Pittsburgh, began October with comfortable home victories over the New York Jets and AFC South-leading Houston, then came away with a critical 23-20 road comeback win over the Steelers on Nov. 6.
Just as the Ravens seemed to be establishing themselves as the AFC team to beat, however, they fell apart against a lesser opponent. As in a loss to Tennessee that followed the first Pittsburgh win, and a defeat to Jacksonv...