The Baltimore Ravens have won four straight games and are fresh off a convincing win over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. The next test for Baltimore is to avoid overlooking the host Cincinnati Bengals, the last remaining winless team in the NFL.
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The Ravens stamped themselves as a Super Bowl contender with the fierce 37-20 victory over the Patriots and coach John Harbaugh is hoping the signature win will propel his team to greater heights. "It's probably more than a good win. It's behind us now," Harbaugh told reporters. "These players have been great with that, and I expect them to be even better. I expect (defeating New England) is going to motivate them and excite them." The porous Bengals pulled the plug on longtime starting quarterback Andy Dalton and fourth-round draft choice Ryan Finley will be making his first NFL start. "I think I'm ready for it," Finley told reporters. "I'm confident in my ability to play, and I'm confident in this team's ability to bounce back and get some wins."
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Ravens -10. O/U: 44.5
ABOUT THE RAVENS (6-2): Quarterback Lamar Jackson, who missed practice Thursday with an illness that won't prevent him from playing, has turned the team into an offensive juggernaut that leads the NFL in scoring offense (31.4) and ranks second in total offense (427.0). The second-year pro has passed for 1,813 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions and has been dazzling with his running ability as he has a sterling 6.4 average while producing 637 yards and five scores. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey has returned fumbles for touchdowns in each of the past two games while outside linebacker Matthew Judon leads the club with four sacks.
ABOUT THE BENGALS (0-8): Receiver A.J. Green (ankle) was hoping to make his season debut but the seven-time Pro Bowl selection suffered a setback Wednesday and declared himself out for the game one day later. "I'm a competitor. I want to play, but sometimes you go through these bumps in the road, that you've got to stay focused," Green told reporters Thursday. "You've got to look at the long-term picture. I've got to make sure I can play for another five years without having to worry about this thing, not just thinking of the now." The Cincinnati offense ranks 29th in scoring (15.5) and 25th in total offense (317.9) and the turnover margin of minus-9 isn't helping a defense ranks last in yardage allowed (435.8) and 24th in scoring defense (26.3).
1. Jackson passed for 236 yards and rushed for a career-best 152 as the Ravens prevailed 23-17 over the Bengals on Oct. 13.
2. Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon (320 yards) had 10 on eight carries in the first meeting with Baltimore.
3. Humphrey has five takeaways (three fumble recoveries, two interceptions) this season.
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- ConcussionQues Sun | questionable
Tate was lifted from the previous game due to a concussion and a cervical strain. It is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday versus the Steelers.
- AnkleQues Sun | questionable
Sample was held out of the last game with a left high-ankle sprain. It is unknown if he will play against the Steelers on Sunday.
- AnkleQues Sun | questionable
Redmond has missed the past two games with knee and ankle injuries. It is unclear if he will partake in Sunday's matchup versus the Steelers.
- CollarboneQues Sun | I-R
Ross is on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a collarbone injury, and it is unknown if he will be activated prior to Sunday's tilt versus the Steelers.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Kirkpatrick is on injured reserve due to a hyperextended left knee.
- ArmQues Sun | questionable
Jackson was removed from the last game due to a right arm injury, and his status for Sunday's battle against the Steelers is in question.
- ShoulderQues Sun | questionable
Hart has a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if it will suit up against the Raiders on Sunday.
- BackProb Sun | probable
Erickson is tending to a back injury but is expected to play against the Raiders on Sunday.
- ToeQues Mon | questionable
Marshall has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a toe injury, but it is unclear if he will make his season debut Monday against the Rams.
- ThumbQues Mon | questionable
Moore has missed the past two games due to a thumb injury, and it is unknown if he will be available against the Rams on Monday.
- AnkleQues Mon | questionable
Pierce was held out of the last game with an ankle injury, and his status Monday against the Rams is in question.
- ArmQues Week 14 | I-R
Trawick has been added to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to arm injury. It is uncertain if he will return Week 14 against the Bills.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Mack is on injured reserve due to a knee injury.
- AnkleProb Sun | probable
Brown is expected to suit up against the Texans on Sunday despite an ankle injury.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Stanley has a knee injury, but will likely play Sunday against the Bengals.
- IllnessProb Sun | probable
Yanda is ailing from an illness, but it is likely that the symptoms will subside in time for Sunday's game versus the Bengals.
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