After reaching the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, Marvin Lewis' team is on the brink of elimination. Each team has had its unbelievable and awful seasons in the past.
A five-time Pro Bowl linebacker, Dumervil has been slow to recover from off-season foot surgery.
The Bengals also hold a tremendous edge over the Ravens: before their Week 12 win over Cincinnati, Baltimore had lost 5 straight games to the Bengals, and 6 of their last 8. "The players are professionals". Their two wins have come against subpar teams, and now they have the chance to prove that they are legitimate playoff contenders this Sunday when they play the Giants. They can't worry about what they can't affect. The Baltimore Ravens face the Miami Dolphins this coming Sunday. The Bengals have one win since September and that was on October 23, against the winless Cleveland Browns. These numbers are pretty close, but they might just be the differance maker in upcoming games. How would this affect late-game strategies?
"If we're going to keep making the game harder for kickers, you gotta reward us in some way". Hopefully it would be the time of year that we could get a lot of fans over there, whether it be near Christmas or near Thanksgiving, or September when the weather is still lovely, even in the United Kingdom. However, in Pittsburgh's case the Steelers can hope for a divisional title still as no elite team has emerged in the AFC North. Obviously, the Ravens don't win that game without him.
Yanda's willingness to continue playing with an injured right shoulder, and to switch positions in order to make it happen, exemplifies why he is a locker room leader.
NOTES: The Bengals host Philadelphia (5-5) on Sunday. Green, who was out with a right hamstring injury. Bernard is out for the year with a torn ACL. It was apparently "check-down Sunday" for Flacco, who threw to running backs Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West a combined eight times for 47 yards.
Three times in the second half, Dalton was sacked and fumbled. The defense has shown improvement in recent weeks.
But lengthy field goal attempts already provide exciting moments for fans, so why not give kickoffs an intriguing extra dimension?
I think it's safe to predict the Steelers finishing the season 4-1. "We're not going to get down or feel sorry for ourselves or blame each other, point fingers. If you can get 'em like that, I'm all for it". He has not missed a single kick this season. Think about it: a 75-yard field goal (from the 35-yard line) has never happened in game play, but without the threat of a block or a bad snap - plus the tee off which it's kicked - the probability increases.
Earlier this month, during their bye week, the Cincinnati Bengals brought in a couple of kickers for workouts, but neither Randy Bullock nor Kai Forbath made the cut.
As it is, 50-yard field goals hardly seem like a challenge for Tucker.
To this point, head coach Marvin Lewis has remained committed to Nugent. The Ravens have been able to pull out six win on the season despite the offensive issues, but it will become much more hard to do so against playoff-caliber teams. This is important football and that's the way we like it.