Baltimore Beatdown's Ravens-Bengals prediction

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Here's how Baltimore Beatdown's Jason Butt sees Sunday's game shaking out.

This is it.

The Ravens need this win and some help from either the Jets or the Chiefs. But for the Ravens to win, it will have to come against a Bengals team that's undefeated at home this season.

The Ravens are coming off a deflating loss against New England that seemed to have put a damper on the previous four-game winning streak.

In the first meeting against Cincinnati, the Ravens were able to get out to an early lead and hold on until the final 51-yard Hail Mary in regulation. A defensive stop on fourth down and Justin Tucker field goal in overtime proved to be the difference.

Cincinnati isn't a world beater by any means. The Bengals have had an inconsistent offense and a banged up defense of late. So it's plausible for the Ravens to get another win and a season sweep.

But with this game at Cincinnati and with the run defense looking like it has the last couple of weeks, it's hard to predict a Ravens' win.

It'll be close, but I'm not too sure Baltimore's 2013 season ends on a high note.

Prediction: Bengals 24, Ravens 21


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