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Bengals announce sellout crowd for final home game

In case you haven't heard, this game is pretty huge. Playoff seedings, divisional crowns, all of that jazz. Make no mistake about it: this one's important. The Ravens are fighting for the AFC North crown and a first-round bye. The Bengals are fighting for the final playoff spot. Now, even if the Bengals lose they can still make it to the playoffs, while the Ravens

A closer look at the Bengals

Every Tuesday we'll take a closer look at the Ravens' next opponent. This week it's the Cincinnati Bengals. Record: 9-6, third in AFC North Wins: @ Cleveland, vs. Buffalo, @ Jacksonville, vs. Indianapolis, @ Seattle, @ Tennessee, vs. Cleveland, @ St. Louis, vs. Arizona Losses: @ Denver, vs. San Francisco, vs. Pittsburgh, @ Baltimore, @ Pittsburgh, vs. Houston Offense: 24th in NFL, 11th in AFC

Final play of the half sums things up for Browns

I could write until I'm blue in the face, err, fingers, but to understand just how poorly the Browns have played today, it's easiest to look at the last play of the first half. With 10 seconds left and no timeouts, Cleveland had the ball inside the Baltimore 5-yard line. They had just run a passing play which had failed to stop the clock, but

Injury report for Browns

Here's the latest injury report for the Cleveland Browns as they make their way to Baltimore: Quarterback Colt McCoy (head) is out. Seneca Wallace will start in his place on Saturday. Four starters are questionable, including receiver Joshua Cribbs (groin), cornerback Joe Haden (thigh), receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (foot) and right tackle Tony Pashos (ankle). All four practiced Friday, however, and are expected to play against

McCoy still not practicing, Wallace to start

With three days until game time, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy still hasn't seen the field. He's still feeling the effects of a concussion, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, and is progressing slowly, but will not start Saturday against the Ravens. Backup Seneca Wallace will start in his place. After taking a vicious hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison on Dec. 8, team doctors and trainers

A closer look at the Browns

Every Tuesday we'll take a closer look at the Ravens' next opponent. This week it's the Cleveland Browns. Record: 4-10, fourth in AFC North Wins: @ Indianapolis, vs. Miami, vs. Seattle, vs. Jacksonville Losses: vs. Cincinnati, vs. Tennessee, @ Oakland, @ San Francisco, @ Houston, vs. St. Louis, @ Cincinnati, vs. Baltimore, @ Pittsburgh, @ Arizona Offense: 29th in NFL, 14th in AFC Defense: 14th

Late-season surge pushes on for Chargers in win over Ravens

Boy, the Chargers do love December. Known for their annual late-season push during the holidays, the Chargers didn't disappoint, earning a crucial, and quite frankly dominating, win over the Ravens 34-14. The victory moves San Diego to 7-7, putting them one game behind the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. This really was a dominating performance against a team many thought would capture the top

Chargers' good fortune continues

We've heard it mentioned a few times tonight, but in case you have the television on mute, only one team in NFL history has endured a six-game losing streak and still gone onto make the postseason. That team was the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals. The 2011 San Diego Chargers are trying to become the second team to do so. Earlier today, both the Broncos and Raiders

Gates in line to set record

Sometimes I forget Antonio Gates didn't play college football. He enrolled in Michigan State University out of high school hoping to play football and basketball, but then-coach Nick Saban said he couldn't do both. Gates chose the hardwood, bouncing around to a handful of junior colleges before becoming a star at Kent State. He went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft, but made his way

A closer look at the Chargers

Every Tuesday we'll take a closer look at the Ravens' next opponent. This week it's the San Diego Chargers. Record: 6-7, third in AFC West Wins: vs. Minnesota, vs. Kansas City, vs. Miami, @ Denver, @ Jacksonville, vs. Buffalo Losses: @ New England, @ New York Jets, @ Kansas City, vs. Green Bay, vs. Oakland, @ Chicago, vs. Denver Offense: eighth in NFL, second in

Colts continue losing ways, fall to Ravens 24-10

Yuck. That's really all you can say. The Colts came into today's game aiming for their first win of the season, facing a Baltimore team trying to keep pace with the Steelers in the AFC North and, with a few more wins, take home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. After 60 minutes, it certainly showed. The Ravens hustled, played with tenacity, played like a team hungry

Colts really struggling in Baltimore

It's halftime in Baltimore, as the Colts predictably find themselves trailing the Ravens 17-3. The first half has been a microcosm of the season for the Colts, as the road team is struggling to move the ball, stop the ball and pretty much do anything resembling a competitive team. Early on, the Colts defense was shredded, allowing the Ravens to score on their first three

A closer look at the Colts

Every Tuesday we'll take a closer look at the Ravens' next opponent. This weekend it's the Indianapolis Colts: Record: 0-12, fourth in AFC South Wins: None Losses: @ Houston, vs, Cleveland, vs. Pittsburgh, @ Tampa Bay, vs. Kansas City, @ Cincinnati, @ New Orleans, @ Tennessee, vs. Atlanta, vs. Jacksonville, vs. Carolina, @ New England Offense: 29th in NFL, 14th in AFC Defense: 28th in

Browns can't stop anybody in loss to Ravens

Somebody tell Ravens running back Ray Rice he can stop running now. The game is over. The numbers said the Browns were bad against the run. I'm not sure anyone thought they'd be this bad. From the opening snap Cleveland's defense was pushed around. Rice ran for a career-high 204 yards, part of a unit that gained 290 rushing yards, while Colt McCoy and the

Browns continue to struggle against the run

The Browns came into Sunday's game first in the league against the pass. They also came in 29th against the run. Guess which area the Ravens have exploited. Cleveland has struggled to stop the Ravens' rushing attack through the first half, allowing 158 yards on the ground. Ray Rice, who scored the game's only touchdown in the first quarter, leads with 107 yards, while the

Returner Cribbs tired of losing

And now for the text following the world's most obvious headline: OK, so of course Browns kick returner Joshua Cribbs is "fed up" with losing, as he told ESPN's Jamison Hensley earlier this week. I'm pretty sure if a player was even "meh" about losing football games, he'd be out of the league before too long. But as the Browns stare at another disappointing season

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