The Baltimore Sun's experts make their predictions for the Week 17 game between the Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bengals 17, Ravens 14
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There is quite a bit on the line for both teams, but the Bengals aren't going to just give in because they've already made the playoffs. The Ravens are going to need to be better than they have been the previous two weeks to walk away with a win.
Ravens 21, Bengals 17
The Ravens have too much pride to go out with that egg they laid last week. Joe Flacco usually rebounds well after losses, and Andy Dalton can get rattled if his team gets off to a slow start.
Ravens 26, Bengals 23
Don't know what's going to happen in Miami or San Diego, but the Ravens will take care of the business they can take care of and Justin Tucker will come through at the end like he always does. Ravens fans have to pray that's enough.
Ravens 26, Bengals 24
The Bengals are hot at home, but the Ravens have always found a way to win games like this under John Harbaugh. But can they get the help they need elsewhere to get in the playoffs?
Bengals 24, Ravens 20
Motivated by an opportunity to earn a first-round bye, the Bengals finish undefeated at home for first time since the 1988 season, when they went to the Super Bowl.
Bengals 26, Ravens 20
The Ravens' season and their five-year playoff run officially ends against an opponent that has been better and more consistent all year. The Bengals don't want to see the Ravens in the first round of the postseason, and they'll make sure they won't.
Stan "The Fan" Charles
Bengals 27, Ravens 14
The high point of the 2013 Ravens season will end up being the stirring four-game winning streak. John Harbaugh has his first playoff-less season. The mysterious lackluster effort against the Patriots had an awful lot to do with Joe Flacco not being up to snuff. He still isn't.