BENGALS VIEWERS GUIDE: Denver Broncos At Baltimore Ravens

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals will be watching the Ravens on Sunday, hosting the Denver Broncos, who are one of the hottest teams in the NFL.

Whenever the Ravens have hosted the Broncos in Baltimore, the result has always been the same.

In four meetings played in Baltimore, the Ravens have won each game, giving them a slight edge in the all-time series where the home team is the deciding victor; the visiting team has only won once in the all-time series (Ravens won in Denver on Sept. 30, 2001). Yet much like the Cowboys/Steelers, there's a feeling of two teams starting to head in opposite directions.

The Broncos have won eight straight, though only one was against a team with a winning record (predictably the Cincinnati Bengals). Three of their last four wins were within a touchdown against the Chargers, Buccaneers and Chiefs and Peyton Manning has thrown an interception in his last four. Don't let that concern you though. Including the postseason, Manning has won eight of ten against the Ravens, generating 19 touchdowns and a passer rating of 96.3. Baltimore currently has the league's 23rd-ranked passing defense.

Baltimore enters Sunday's game with a two-game losing streak, both losses by three points to the Steelers and Redskins (in overtime) and they needed overtime to beat the San Diego Chargers before that. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in favor of Jim Caldwell, who will be calling his first game this weekend against a fierce Broncos defense led by Von Miller, who is looking to generate a quarterback sack in his seventh straight.

Ray Lewis, currently on Injured Reserve with a designation to return, won't be activated this weekend and Terrell Suggs (biceps) is questionable; though he was full participation on Thursday and Friday.

The biggest implication for the Cincinnati Bengals is that the AFC North title goes unclaimed for another week if the Baltimore Ravens lose to the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately they're also controlling their own destiny, taking the division championship with a win this weekend. There's still a possibility that the Bengals could claim the north, but need the Ravens to lose out, including the Week 17 game between Baltimore and Cincinnati.

[Apparently CBS decided regional coverage with the Colts was of greater interest than divisional implications against the Ravens]

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