Pundit Picks: Ravens vs. Bengals

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ESPN

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Matt BowenRavens
Mike ClayRavens
Dan GrazianoRavens
Mina KimesRavens
Jason ReidRavens
Laura RutledgeRavens
Kevin SeifertRavens
Seth WickershamRavens
Trey WingoRavens
Damien WoodyRavens

BALTIMORE SUN

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C.J. DoonRavensRavens 31, Bengals 14 “This Bengals team is playing better than any 4-10-1 team has any right to be, but a repeat of that gut-punching Tyler Boyd touchdown three years ago that knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention is unlikely. The Ravens are simply playing too well right now in all three phases, rising to ninth in overall efficiency after their fourth straight win.”
Daniel OyefusiRavensRavens 34, Bengals 18 “It can be tempting to draw comparisons with Week 17 of the 2017 season, when the Ravens also faced the Bengals in a “win-and-in” situation. But this Ravens team is much better than that past iteration and has made sure not to get in its own way when playing inferior opponents.”
Jonas ShafferRavensRavens 28, Bengals 10 “Cincinnati quarterback Brandon Allen passed for 371 yards against the Texans last week, and the Bengals stifled the Steelers offense the week before. But this Ravens defense doesn’t have the holes that Houston’s defense does. And this Ravens offense isn’t in the rut that Pittsburgh’s offense is.”
Childs WalkerRavensRavens 37, Bengals 20 “The Bengals aren’t quite the pushovers they appeared to be a few weeks back. They actually moved the ball against the Houston Texans and could give the Ravens a few scares. But the Ravens’ ground game is back to full steam, as is their pass rush — bad news for an opponent that struggles to stop the run and protect its quarterback. With a playoff berth on the line, the Ravens will take care of business.”

USA TODAY

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Jarrett BellRavensRavens 34, Bengals 20
Nate DavisRavensRavens 30, Bengals 10
Jori EpsteinRavensRavens 33, Bengals 17
Mike JonesRavensRavens 33, Bengals 24
Mike Middlehurst- SchwartzRavensRavens 31, Bengals 16
Lorenzo ReyesRavensRavens 30, Bengals 20
Tom SchadRavensRavens 34, Bengals 17

NFL

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Gregg RosenthalRavensRavens 35, Bengals 21 “Brandon Allen is a sneaky competent backup quarterback and the Bengals are competing hard. But there's little reason to believe a defense that just gave up 488 yards to the Texans will be able to slow down the Ravens' reformed spread running attack.”

NFL NETWORK

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Adam RankRavensRavens 28, Bengals 19
Colleen WolfeRavensRavens 34, Bengals 17
Marcas GrantRavensRavens 28, Bengals 16
Maurice Jones-DrewRavensRavens 27, Bengals 20
Daniel JeremiahRavensRavens 31, Bengals 10
Nick ShookRavensRavens 30, Bengals 10

SPORTING NEWS

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Vinnie IyerRavensRavens 30, Bengals 14 “The Ravens are back to ‘normal’ with Lamar Jackson and the running game, with more pop in the passing game to boot. The Bengals worked hard to get their wins over the Steelers and Texans, but Baltimore is laser-focused on keeping a playoff berth after its division disappointment.”

CBS SPORTS

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Pete PriscoRavensRavens 31, Bengals 17 “The Ravens are in the playoffs with a victory, and they have been playing well the past few weeks. The run game continues to power this team, which will be the case here. The Bengals won't slow down Lamar Jackson.”
Jason La CanforaRavens
Jared DubinRavens
Ryan WilsonRavens
John BreechRavensRavens 30, Bengals 23 “Although I'm an admitted Bengals homer, I'm not going to pick them to win here, but I do think it will be a lot closer than people think.”
Dave RichardRavens
Jamey EisenbergRavens

PRO FOOTBALL TALK

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Mike FlorioRavensRavens 34, Bengals 20 “I think the Ravens are that good at this point that even if the Bengals are playing to their full capacity the Ravens still get it done.”
Chris SimmsRavensRavens 34, Bengals 17 “Just like the Ravens offense, Baltimore’s defense is starting to really peak, too. They’ve gotten back to where they’re pretty healthy on the defensive side of the ball, and I think they’re going into Week 17 and into the playoffs playing about as good of football as they can play.”

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

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Albert BreerRavens
Andrew BrandtRavens
Conor OrrRavens
Gary GramlingRavens
Jenny VrentasRavens
Mitch GoldichRavens

FANSIDED

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Matt VerderameRavensRavens 37, Bengals 19 “The Ravens typically crush bad teams. That’s what happens when you run the ball terrifically and the defense is built to overwhelm poor quarterbacks. This shouldn’t be any different.”

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