To make up ground in the AFC North as well as the conference, the Ravens need to have a quality draft because they might not have enough salary cap room to bring in high-profile free agents. The team's draft record has been disappointing since the late 2000s when the Ravens selected players who made an immediate impact, like guards Ben Grubbs and Marshal Yanda in 2007 and quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice in 2008.
Ravens safety Kendrick Lewis went straight to the locker room after suffering a head injury in the second quarter Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, and is in the concussion protocol, the team announced.
Every team has injuries, but in Cincinnati's case, the team's top playmakers have been involved. The team's No. 1 receiver, A.J. Green, has missed the last two games with a toe injury. The team's top linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, has missed two entire games with a concussion, and parts of two others with a neck injury.
Andy Dalton is looking like an altogether different quarterback for the AFC North division champion Cincinnati Bengals heading into Sunday's regular season finale against the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium.
In overtime, with the Bengals going for it on fourth-and-2, James Ihedigbo did the latter. After Giovani Bernard caught a short swing pass, Ihedigbo flew into the flat to deny Bernard the first down. Bernard slipped out of his grasp, but his teammates swarmed the running back and tackled him for an 11-yard loss.