- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Ravens' preference is to win the AFC North, but that goal took a hit Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals won at San Diego, 17-10. Baltimore (6-6) slipped to two games behind division-leading Cincinnati (8-4) with four weeks remaining. The Ravens need the Bengals to lose at least one of their next three games (home against Indianapolis, at Pittsburgh and home against Minnesota) in order for their season-finale at Cincinnati to have any bearing on the AFC North title.
Sunday's games improved the Ravens' chances of winning a wild-card berth. With the Chargers, Tennessee Titans and New York Jets all losing, the Ravens and Dolphins are the only AFC teams with 6-6 records. The Ravens have the tiebreaker advantage over the Dolphins after beating them in Miami on Oct. 6.
Baltimore plays host to the last-place Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1) before finishing the regular season against three division leaders: at the Detroit Lions (7-5), home against the New England Patriots (9-3) and at the Bengals.