The Baltimore Ravens do not care that the Cincinnati Bengals can reach the playoffs with a victory Sunday. The Ravens aren't interested in the number of tickets the Bengals have sold for their home finale, either.
Even though the Ravens are already assured a fourth straight trip to the postseason, their incentive to win is every bit as strong as that of their division rival. Because, with a victory, Baltimore (11-4) will earn a first-round bye and the chance to improve their 8-0 record at home.
Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis declared Wednesday, ''This is a playoff game.''
Defensive end Cory Redding says, ''It's about us, man. It's not about them. We need to get this win so we can get what we're looking for.''