Prediction time: Bengals at Ravens

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens (3-5) look to get their season back on track when they play the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) in their first home game since Oct. 13.

This has been the time when the Ravens have had a lot of success at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens have gone 8-1 at home in November since 2008, the league's second-best mark over that span. The only time the Ravens have lost at home in November under coach John Harbaugh was 2009, when they fell to the Indianapolis Colts.

A Ravens' win closes the gap with the Bengals to 1 1/2 games. A loss essentially ends all hope of the Ravens repeating as AFC North champions.

"This will be our opportunity to play Cincinnati at home," coach John Harbaugh said. "We'll go there later in the year. This will be our opportunity to perhaps go a long way toward making the second one meaningful, and that's what we need to do."

Here are the official ESPN predictions (with their prediction record for the Ravens in parentheses):

Jamison Hensley (5-3), Ravens team reporter: Ravens, 20-16. I had this pegged as a loss until I took a hard look at the Bengals' injury list. If Cincinnati had a healthy Andrew Whitworth, Geno Atkins, Leon Hall and Giovani Bernard, the Bengals win. But they don't, so the Ravens' home-field advantage is the deciding factor.

Coley Harvey, Bengals team reporter: Bengals, 31-23

Eric Allen (3-5): Bengals

Mike Golic (6-2): Bengals

Merril Hoge (4-4): Bengals

Ron Jaworski (5-3): Ravens

KC Joyner (5-3): Bengals

Chris Mortensen (3-5): Bengals

Adam Schefter (3-5): Ravens

Mark Schlereth (5-3): Bengals

Seth Wickersham (4-4): Ravens

Tom Jackson (4-4): Bengals

Keyshawn Johnson (3-5): Ravens

Mike Ditka (4-4): Bengals

Cris Carter (4-4): Bengals