Thursday, November 30, 2006

Huge Ravens Game Tonight

The Ravens can clinch the AFC North title with four weeks left in the regular season by beating the Bengals tonight.

The Ravens are 9-2 and the second place Bengals are 6-5. Baltimore won the previous meeting, so if the Ravens win the best the Bengals can do is finish with an equal record, in which case the Ravens would win the tiebreaker.

The Brian Billick-run offense is now 5-0 since Billick fired offensive coordinator Jim Fassel, and Baltimore hasn't been held under 24 points in any of those wins.

Each team is just four days removed from blowout wins over AFC North opponents: The Ravens crushed any thoughts the Steelers might have had about playoffs with a 27-0 embarrassment, and the Bengals stomped on the hapless browns, 30-0.

The Ravens will try to slow Chad Johnson, who has amassed 573 yards in the last three games after an unimpressive start to his season.

Despite Jamal Lewis scoring more as of late (five touchdowns in the last four games), he hasn't put up the kind of yards that you'd like to see from a feature back. He's averaging 66.8 on the year, and even despite the touchdowns in the last four games he's only at 68.5 yards a game in that span.

The game is at 8:00 on ABC 2 in Baltimore and the NFL Network everywhere else where premium cable packages are installed.

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