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Bet on the NFL The AFC North last place team, the Cincinnati Bengals, hit the road to take on the Baltimore Ravens, who are second in the division, in the last week of the 2010 NFL season.

The Bengals have a 4-11 record this season, and the Ravens are at 11-4 going into Week 17. Sportsbook lists the Ravens as the minus ten point home favorites this weekend, with the total over under at 43.

The Bengals’ playoff hopes may be lost, but they can still cause a lot of damage. For instance, last weekend they destroyed the San Diego Chargers’ dreams of a championship title in 2011 by beating them 34-20 on their own turf. They can’t prevent the Ravens from the playoff competition, but they can hurt their egos. When betting on football keep this in mind: Sunday's regular-season finale against the Bengals in Baltimore is big for a couple reasons. First, the Ravens have to win to have a shot at the AFC North title and a first-round bye in the playoffs. Second, it would be meaningful for Joe Flacco to have a big game against the Bengals to carry over into the postseason. Flacco and the Ravens have lost three in a row to Cincinnati, and the three losses were very similar. The Ravens lost in Cincinnati on Sept. 19, 15-10, even though the Bengals failed to score a touchdown. That was the game in which Flacco threw a career-high four interceptions. Last season the Bengals swept the season series and won the division title.

When betting on football remember: the Ravens lost at Cincinnati, 17-7, with two more Flacco interceptions. And they lost at home, 17-14, with Flacco throwing two picks.

In recent Ravens’ news, they plan on trying out some new long snappers this week since they lost Morgan Cox to a torn knee ligament in the first quarter of last weekend’s 20-10 win over the Browns. So Baltimore will check out Ethan Albright, a veteran, as well as Jake Ingram, who was previously with the New England Patriots. Also in unfortunate Ravens news, according to court records, rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle was arrested early Sunday on drunken driving charges.


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