The Bengals will take a few knees and get out with a victory. The Bengals finish 10-6. The Ravens also finish 10-6. The Ravens will likely face Indianapolis, while the Bengals will travel to Houston, New England, or Denver next Saturday or Sunday.
We keep going back in fourth in Cincinnati. A Josh Brown 38 yard yard field goal has given the Bengals a 16-14 lead. The field goal was set up by a 43 yard pass from Bruce Gradkowski to Brandon Tate. Take got open on a nice double move. The Bengals could not move the ball further after the big play.
It will be interesting to see if the Bengals can stop Tyrod Taylor and the zone option, something that they probably did not prepare for. If the Bengals were to lose to the Ravens and the Patriots were to lose to Miami, the Bengals would go to Baltimore next week. As of now, the Texans appear to be the most likely. The Bengals, for now, should be focused on that tenth victory.
It's the Tyrod Taylor show in Cincinnati. Taylor completed some key third down passes for first down and had a couple big time runs, including a touchdown run that gives the Ravens a 14-13 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The Bengals are having some trouble getting angles on Taylor when he scrambles, including some whiffs from Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur. Which team wants to win this game? We will find out in the next twelve minutes. Can the Bengals move the football? No one is making plays on the Gradkowski led offense.
Josh Brown's 32 yard field goal has given the Bengals a 13-7 lead over the Ravens with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. Bruce Gradkowski and the second string offense has looked putrid in the red zone. Another bad punt from Sam Koch gave the Bengals solid field position. Gradkowski's threw a nice pass to Brandon Tate (yes he actually caught it), and the Bengals were set up for a field goal.
With the Bengals looking like they will win, many Bengals fan are likely keeping a close eye on the Texans-Colts game. Indianapolis currently leads 21-16. A Texans loss and a Patriots win will pit the Bengals in Houston for the second consecutive season.
Josh Brown is now in the MVP race for today's game. His 47 yard field goal has given the Bengals a 10-7 lead over the Ravens.
Head coach Marvin Lewis promised fans that they would try to win this week, but Bruce Gradkowski and other backups have entered the game. Gradkowski tried to hit Brandon Tate deep, but the pass feel incomplete. Fortunately for the Bengals, Terrence Cody was called for roughing the passer. Due to a poor punt by Billy Koch, this put the Bengals in field goal range.
The Bengals continue their pursuit of win number 10 against the Ravens second stringers. They lead 10-7 with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Apparently the Bengals put together such a bland offense by design, which concludes the only reason for such a horrible first half offense. Yet with 1:19 remaining in the game, A.J. Green was targeted by Andy Dalton for the first time with 1:19 remaining in the first quarter.
After completing a series of passes to Green, Dalton throws a fast ball to Marvin Jones' hitch route near the number "ten" on the left side of the field, easily scoring his first career touchdown, tying the game at seven each.
The Cincinnati Bengals struggles on offense continues, having forced into a punt during all four possessions against an otherwise hurt and backup-filled Baltimore Ravens defense. Cincinnati has generated only 56 yards on 18 offensive plays, averaging 3.1 yards per play.
Andy Dalton has completed only four of nine passes for 28 yards passing and a passer rating 52.1, with an ineffectual rushing offense that's gained 28 yards on nine attempts.
Further compounding the problem, A.J. Green hasn't been targeted through the first 25 minutes of the game against the Ravens.
The Ravens continue leading the game 7-0 with 5:01 remaining in the second.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis suffered a hamstring injury during pregame warmups, an already potential hit for the Cincinnati Bengals offense for the postseason. Here's hoping it's minimal.
But he's not alone now.
Bengals starting safety Chris Crocker suffered a right quad injury during the Baltimore Ravens touchdown possession, taking a 7-0 lead. The team announced that Crocker's return is doubtful, with the added hope it's just a precaution, like Green-Ellis.
With 2:47 remaining in the first quarter, backup Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor pulled down the called pass and began scrambling down the left sidelines. Defenders, notably Rey Maualuga gave up as the speedy quarterback appeared to go out of bounds. Instead Taylor cut upfield, picking up 28 yards to the Bengals 31-yard line.
After exchanging penalties and a nine-yard Bernard Pierce gain setup a second and ten from the Bengals 22-yard line, where Anthony Allen (who?) took the pitch on the outside down the right sidelines for a 20-yard gain, stopped two yards short of the endzone.
Allen bulldozed into the endzone, taking a 7-0 lead with 17 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
If aliens visited the planet Earth on Sunday morning and decided to take in the football game in Cincinnati, they're first impression may suggest that earthlings offer no offensive weapons to counter from an epic invasion -- though defensively Vontaze Burfict may cause brief hesitation.
The Cincinnati Bengals offensively have strung together two possessions going nine plays, 13 yards with each resulting in punts. Baltimore hasn't been that much more impressive, though they did post an opening 13-play possession that resulted in a punt with some help on a Dan Herron neutral zone infraction to sustain an otherwise scoreless series.
Four possessions by both offense, four punts with the Ravens picking up on offense with 3:52 remaining in the first quarter.
With Terence Newman sitting out against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday with a hamstring, cornerback Nate Clements will get his first start since November 18 against the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this year.
The rest of the team will start their starters, including Kyle Cook at center over rookie Trevor Robinson.