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The Ravens are a perfect 4-0 under John Harbaugh in season finales. This one, though, is different than past season finales.
The Ravens have wrapped up the division (it was still in question last season), are almost certain to be the fourth seed and are nursing a high number of injuries. All that adds up to the Ravens being expected to rest players and get healthy for the playoffs.
Baltimore will surely want to continue the offensive momentum from last week and have a chance to break the 400 points scored marker if they score 19 points. That could be incentive to play the starters for a while against the Bengals.
The problem here is the Bengals are on fire. They can’t improve their playoff seeding so this is a meaningless game for them, but they have won six of their last seven and would like to win a playoff game this season.
I really don’t know how this one plays out. I say the Bengals take it 21-20.
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It certainly has been a strange year for the Baltimore Ravens. Just a month ago, there was talk at them making at run at the top seed in the AFC. Then just before their win over the Giants last Sunday, there were whispers of ways they could possibly miss the playoffs with a fourth consecutive loss.
Despite their fast start, the Ravens offense has struggled mightily all season...
It was reported earlier today that Ravens running back Ray Rice will not play today. It looks like the Ravens have changed their minds and will have Rice start and play a few series’. Last second change with the Ravens. Ravens running back Ray Rice is active and is going to play a series or two. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2012 Need NFL Tickets? var _CI ...
The Ravens are resting receiver Anquan Boldin, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and linebacker Terrell Suggs against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday for a game that meant little to either team.
The Ravens already had won the AFC North and the Bengals had clinched the final wild card berth.
Boldin is inactive for the first time this season because of a bruised shoulder suffered during...
Contrary to an earlier report, Ravens running back Ray Rice will be active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.Fantasy Spin:ESPN's Adam Schefter had reported Rice would be out but now he's hearing that Rice will play one or two series before coming out of the game. Despite Rice's surprise activation, Bernard Pierce remains a much better fantasy option for this week.
The Baltimore Ravens are expected to sit RB Ray Rice this afternoon when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams have qualified for post-season play, but a win by the Baltimore Ravens does nothing to improve their current four seed in the playoffs. ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirms that Rice will not play this afternoon.
Rice has enjoyed running against the Cincinnati Bengals...
Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin is out for Sunday's regular season finale against Cincinnati.Fantasy Spin:There's no injury to report here. The Ravens are just giving Boldin a week of rest leading up to the postseason. He'll finish the 2012 regular season with 921 yards and four touchdowns on 65 receptions.
To this point, the Ravens and Bengals had played a turnover free game. That changed with a pick-six from Tyrod Taylor.
The backup quarterback threw a ball that Carlos Dunlap tipped in the air and returned 14 yards to the end zone.
Time is running out if the Ravens are going to win this game.
Last week: 8 (+0)
Net points per drive: 0.31 (10th)
DVOA: 11.1% (8th)
Weighted DVOA: 9.5% (10th)
QB Joe Flacco: 25 of 36 for 318 yards and 2 touchdowns, 1 throw away, 1 hit as thrown, 1 drop, 100.9 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 14 of 36 drop backs (11 of 14, 2 touchdowns, 1 throw away, 1 hit as thrown)
RB Ray Rice: Rushed for 107 yards (63 after contact) on...
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend.
Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game. He had a one-game suspension for several helmet-to-helmet hits reduced to a $50,000 fine last month.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked if Reed'...
Joe Flacco went to the bench after only two series. Andy Dalton left at halftime. With little at stake, the Ravens and Bengals gave their regular-season finale more of a preseason feel.
Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, sending the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in a game that didn't...
For the Ravens: LB Ray Lewis, LB Terrell Suggs, DT Haloti Ngata, WR Anquan Boldin, G Marshal Yanda, S Bernard Pollard and WR Tandon Doss
For the Bengals: DB Jason Allen, FS George Iloka, CB Terence Newman, TE Richard Quinn, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, DT Devon Still and DT Brandon Thompson
Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis hurt a hamstring
during pregame warm-ups on Sunday and wasn't expected to play
against the Baltimore Ravens.
Only four of the nine games in the early slate have any bearing whatsoever on playoff seeding. And one of them, Ravens-Bengals, could only possibly affect which team is the fourth seed or the third seed in the AFC, meaning Baltimore could only, combined with a Patriots loss to Miami, change which team the Ravens will host next weekend. That apparently isn’t significant enough that...