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Ravens vs. Bengals: Open Thread

Week 17 has arrived

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Week 17 is upon us all and the Baltimore Ravens (10-5) are a victory away from punching their ticket to the 2021 playoffs.

While Vegas doesn’t appear worried about this matchup, setting their line at -13.5 for the Ravens, Baltimore fans come into this game stressed their will be a tragic repeat of a certain New Years game against the same foe, the Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1).

The Bengals come into this matchup on a two-game winning streak. They trounced the Steelers on national TV and followed up with a 37-31 victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday. They’re coming into this game with a full head of steam while Baltimore continues to nurse injuries accumulated over a grueling season.

While the Ravens aren’t kicked out of the playoffs with a loss to Bengals, they wouldn’t be deserving of a spot if they lost here today. This is where they’ve fought all season to be. In a “win-and-in” situation and a chance to fight for the Lombardi Trophy.

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Go Ravens!