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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Prediction time: Bengals at Ravens

By Jamison Hensley

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