Bengals playing for rare win over Ravens

  • Published: Dec. 26, 2012 at 12:58 p.m. and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:

Why this game is intriguing: As far as playoff seeding goes, this doesn't mean much. The Bengals are locked into the No. 6 spot, though their opponent is still up in the air. What they'd like to do is simply finish off a late-season sweep of their rivals, something coach Marvin Lewis pointed out as a goal when asked recently when people will talk about the Bengals in the same breath as the Steelers and Ravens. Cincy handled one part by bouncing Pittsburgh last week. The Ravens might be next. It won't be easy, as Baltimore destroyed the Giants last week in a furious bounce-back game, reestablishing itself as a viable contender for the playoffs. Quarterback Joe Flacco might have found his groove again, but is his defense tough enough? If they can stop Cincinnati from running the ball, we should have our answer.