OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens are going to have to do something that no other team has done this season if they want to give themselves a realistic chance of making the playoffs, beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati.
The Bengals are just 3-5 on the road, but they have won all seven games they have played at Paul Brown Stadium aka The Jungle.
"When you come to The Jungle, don't expect to win," Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko told reporters in Cincinnati after the Bengals' 42-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings last week.
The Bengals weren't a great home team the last two years.
They were a combined 11-5 on the road in 2011 and 2012 and just 8-8 at home.
This year, though, Cincinnati has struggled on the road but has been dominant at home.
"They have gotten more turnovers. They've turned it over less at home. And they've gotten more big plays and given up fewer big plays at home," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That's what it boils down to. They are better for those two reasons at home."
The Bengals averaged two turnovers per game in their eight regular season road games and had just 10 takeaways in those eight games. At home, Cincinnati has averaged just more than one turnover per game and has almost twice as many takeaways (18) than it has on the road in one fewer game.
In particular, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been significantly better at home.
Dalton had just two more touchdown passes (13) than interceptions (11) in Cincinnati's eight road games. He has 18 touchdown passes compared to just five interceptions in the seven home games.
Dalton's play is a big reason why the Bengals have scored 41 points or more in each of their last four home games.
Cincinnati has outscored its opponents by a combined 174-71 in those four games.
"Home games are more about the defense in the sense that a home game really gives the opportunity for the crowd to be loud and to create an atmosphere that's tough for the offense to execute," Bengals offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth said. "When they're able to do that, it gives us lots of opportunities [on offense] to get points.
"Then you can have a drive or two when you stall, but you know you're going to get another chance because that crowd and that defense gives you the ball back."
The Ravens won two games in the playoffs last season, but they have struggled on the road this year.
They are 6-2 at home but just 2-5 on the road.
However, they likely need a win combined with a loss by either the Miami Dolphins or San Diego Chargers to make the playoffs. And to get that win, they will have to become the first team this year to beat Cincinnati at The Jungle.
"It's just a game we've got to win," Harbaugh said. "And if we win, we have a chance to be in the playoffs, and that's what we care about, and that's everything for us right now - everything."
NOTES: The Ravens listed defensive lineman Arthur Jones (concussion), running back Ray Rice (thigh), outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (ankle), wide receiver Torrey Smith (thigh) and center Gino Gradkowski (knee) all as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Bengals. Jones didn't practice this week, but the other four practiced both Thursday and Friday. ... Baltimore wide receiver Brandon Stokley plans to retire after this season. Stokley was placed on injured reserve earlier this month after suffering a concussion against the Vikings. Stokley, 37, has reportedly suffered at least 13 concussions dating back to high school.

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