The Baltimore Ravens lead the Cincinnati Bengals 17-3 at the end of the first half. A ton is riding on the final 30 minutes for both teams. Baltimore's lead is mostly due to Ray Rice's 70 yard TD run on the team's first possession and the Ravens last possession of the half on a nine-yard TD pass from Joe Flacco to Dennis Pitta.
The Ravens have also seen to be getting the benefit of the doubt from the referees, with both penalties, bll spotting and coach's challenges all going the Ravens' way so far. Flacco finishes the first half 9 for 12 for 101 yards and the one TD pass. Ray Rice has 96 yards on 12 carries, with most of them on that 70-yard TD jaunt early in the game.
The Bengals have moved the ball pretty well themselves, but only have a long FG to show for it, missing their only other attempt. However, Baltimore has doubled up Cincinnati on total yardage and has held the Bengals to nly 19 rushing yards. If the Bengals are going to come back and win this game, they will have to do it through the air and if the Ravens can continue applying pressure, get ready to celebrate the AFC North title, a bye next week and then a home playoff game for the first time in four years.