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This season-ending AFC North showdown looked juicier before the start of 2010. It has been a lost season for the 4-11 Bengals, but that doesn't mean they won't put up a fight against the 11-4 Ravens. And even if this does end up being a dud, there are story lines to watch:

1. Redemption for Flacco?: The Ravens have their playoff spot locked up, and how far they go in the postseason will hinge on the arm of Joe Flacco. The third-year quarterback can get a confidence boost against the Bengals, who intercepted him four times in Cincinnati's Week 2 win. It was the ugliest regular-season performance of Flacco's career. You can be sure the Bengals will bust out the zone looks that confused Flacco last time around. If he figures them out Sunday, future playoff opponents might think twice about employing the Cover 2 defense against the Ravens offense.

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2. Cundiff goes for a record: Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff is heading to his first Pro Bowl, an honor he deserves after connecting on 24 of his 27 field-goal attempts and killing it on kickoffs. Cundiff has recorded a NFL-leading 38 touchbacks in 2010, and if he boots three more against the Bengals, he'll break Mitch Berger's NFL record for touchbacks from the 30-yard line.

3. Suggs chasing history, too: Linebacker Terrell Suggs, another of the Ravens' five Pro Bowlers, is also pursuing a milestone. Suggs has 11.0 sacks this season, one shy of the career-high he set during his rookie year. And if he has a crazy game and takes down Carson Palmer four times, Suggs can match Peter Boulware's team record of 15 sacks. It's unlikely, but hey, you never know.

4. Nochocinco: Bengals wideout Chad Ochocinco missed last weekend's game against the Chargers with an ankle injury, and it's unlikely he'll suit up against the Ravens. Based on how the Bengals fared without him (and without Terrell Owens, who is on the injured reserve), that might not necessarily be a good thing for the Ravens. Palmer had excellent chemistry with his younger, less self-absorbed wide receivers as he threw for 269 yards and four touchdowns against the Chargers. But Ravens-Bengals won't be as much fun if Ochocinco isn't out there ducking Ray Lewis.

5. Bye, bye Bungles?: The Bengals could undergo a massive offseason overhaul, one that may result in Palmer, Ochocinco and/or coach Marvin Lewis exiled from Cincinnati. Lewis is a good head coach, Palmer is a good quarterback and Ochocinco is a good wideout, but they could all use a change of scenery. This might be the last time the Ravens see these Bengals, so a rare win would be nice.

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