That game saw the Ravens snap the aforementioned four-game losing streak, leaving both teams 4-4 at the midway point of their seasons.
The Bengals, who were off this weekend, sit just behind them at 3-4-1 despite winning only one game in October.
Pretty funny, right? Except it’s no joke.
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Cincinnati has been outscored by 22 points on the season and turned in more lackluster showings than inspiring performances, but the Bengals are well within striking distance for another division crown under Marvin Lewis.
Cincinnati hasn’t played the Ravens yet and has a rematch with Pittsburgh on Dec. 18.
That gives them the potential to do a lot to help themselves – if they can continue fine-tuning the offense and patch some major holes in the defense sooner than later over the next eight weeks.
So who is going to come out of this quagmire?
Well, the Steelers probably still have to be considered the favorite. They have already beaten the Bengals, and it’s easy to give them a pass for losing to division leaders Dallas and New England with Roethlisberger nursing an injury.
They beat a good Kansas City team but were throttled by the so-so Dolphins and Eagles.
Meanwhile, the Bengals and Ravens have combined to win zero games over teams above .500 at this point in the season.
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Cincinnati has beaten the Dolphins, though, for what that’s worth… which is probably not much.
Maybe that’s disrespectful to the Ravens, but they will get their chance to earn it on the field, something they got a head start on Sunday by downing Pittsburgh.
Could be a bumpy ride to the finish.