The Bengals’ coming out party was back in Week 7, when Cincinnati left Baltimore with a 41-17 victory. At 5-2, the Bengals were all alone atop the AFC North and were the top-seeded team in the entire AFC.
Cincinnati came crashing back to earth with consecutive losses, but rebounded to win three of its next five games to move back into first place in the NFL’s tightest division race. The Ravens, who had spent the majority of the season in first place in the division, slipped to second place after dropping their third consecutive game last Sunday. But despite their recent skid, the Ravens can move back into first place in the North with a win over the Bengals this Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Conversely, a Bengals win would move them one step closer toward their first playoff berth since 2015.
We’ll preview the game along with giving our prediction for Sunday’s outcome. Here’s how you can follow the action in real time.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Dec. 26 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Bengals -3, O/U 45
When the Ravens have the ball
With Lamar Jackson still dealing with an ankle injury, there’s a good chance that second year quarterback Tyler Huntley will make his second consecutive start and third start of the season. In last Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Packers, Huntley tossed two touchdown passes and ran for two more. Of Huntley’s 28 completions, 20 went to tight end Mark Andrews and receiver Marquise Brown, as injuries have severely limited the Ravens’ skill positions.
After two subpar games against Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Bengals’ defense rebounded by allowing just 10 points in last Sunday’s win in Denver. The Bengals have playmakers in every level of their defense, led by Pro Bowl defensive end Trey Hendrickson (13 sacks), fellow defensive end Sam…