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Baltimore Ravens need to take advantage of struggling Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals have a lot of injuries to key players on its roster. Now is the time for the Ravens to finish the Bengals off.

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The Baltimore Ravens are on a five game losing streak against the Cincinnati Bengals which dates back to week 17 of the 2013 season. The constant theme for the Ravens against the Bengals during the five game losing streak the constant sluggish starts to games especially the Ravens offense.

The Ravens offense would start the game off slow and the Bengals would build an early lead on that. Then, the Ravens offense would wake up for a brief period in the second half only to see the Ravens defense collapse in the late stages of the game for the Bengals to seal the deal.

Well, this time around, Ravens killer and Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will miss the matchup is dealing with a hamstring injury. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is dealing with a knee injury and so is Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell. Both Kirkpatrick and LaFell missed practice on Wednesday. Not to mention, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is out for the season after tearing his ACL last week against the Buffalo Bills.

One news to monitor is Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton who was limited during Wednesday’s practice due to a shoulder injury. With Dalton dealing with a shoulder injury with Green most likely missing the game, it can only be an advantage for the Ravens defense even if Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith doesn’t play as he deals with a back injury.