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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Prediction time: Ravens at Bengals

By Jamison Hensley

CINCINNATI -- Which quarterback is going to break his slump Sunday?

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has lost three of his last four games at Paul Brown Stadium, throwing two touchdowns and six interceptions for a 51.1 passer rating in that stretch. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is 1-4 in his career against the Ravens, with his only win coming in a Week 17 game last year that was meaningless.


This is a big game for both quarterbacks and their teams. The Ravens need a win and a loss by either the Miami Dolphins or San Diego Chargers to reach the playoffs (Baltimore can also qualify if the Dolphins, Chargers and Steelers all lose). The Bengals, the AFC North champions, can clinch a first-round bye if they beat the Ravens and the New England Patriots lose at home to the Buffalo Bills.

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

Jamison Hensley (11-4), Ravens reporter: Bengals, 28-20. The Ravens typically bounce back from demoralizing defeats. But with a banged-up Flacco, there's not a sense that Baltimore can get up from this knockout blow, especially against a division opponent that plays its best at home.

Coley Harvey, Bengals reporterBengals, 31-21.

Eric Allen (6-9): Bengals

Mike Golic (9-6): Bengals

Merril Hoge (7-8): Bengals

Ron Jaworski (9-6): Bengals

KC Joyner (8-7): Bengals

Chris Mortensen (7-8): Bengals

Adam Schefter (8-7): Bengals

Mark Schlereth (8-7): Bengals

Seth Wickersham (8-7): Ravens

Tom Jackson (7-7): Bengals

Keyshawn Johnson (7-7): Bengals

Mike Ditka (6-9): Bengals

Cris Carter (6-8): Bengals