Inactives for today’s key divisional contest

The Ravens are 17-6 in November since 2008, including 8-1 at home during that stretch.

Nothing like a little home cookin’ to cure the blues.

The Ravens certainly hope returning to Baltimore helps them right the ship. Over the past five weeks, the defending Super Bowl champs have seen their plan to climb to the top of the AFC North take a nosedive. They are 1-4, including back-to-back losses to divisional foes Pittsburgh and Cleveland. They’ll try and avoid the clean sweep today as the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals come into town.

You may notice Josh Land’s mug isn’t staring at you at the top of this page. Not to worry, though. Land is taking some much-needed relaxation time and I’ll be with you today keeping you up to date with all of the game action.

Hey, teams get a bye week. Why can’t sportswriters?

Speaking of time off, the Bengals come into today’s game following a Thursday night loss to the Dolphins. The loss dropped them to 6-3, but also gave them an extra three days to get ready for the Ravens and a chance to widen the gap in the AFC North.

Some pre-game notes to get you started:

The Ravens list seven men on the inactive list: cornerback Asa Jackson, safety Omar Brown, running back Bernard Scott, center Ryan Jensen, wide receiver Brandon Stokley, linebacker John Simon and defensive tackle Brandon Williams.

Meanwhile, third-year man A.Q. Shipley will get the start at left guard, replacing Kelechi Osemele. Osemele (back) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

For the Bengals, they’re inactives are as follows: cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, linebackers Michael Boley and Rey Maualuga, center Trevor Robinson, guard Tanner Hawkinson, defensive tackle Devon Still and tight end Jermaine Gresham.

Tight end Alex Smith will start in place of Gresham, while Vincent Ray will get the start at middle linebacker in place of Maualuga.

As for today’s matchup, the Ravens have won four of their last five against the Bengals and lead the overall series 19-15. The Bengals won the most recent contest, however, earning a 23-17 win in Cincinnati in Week 17 last season.

The Ravens will honor and recognize Veteran’s Day with a live feed to service members from the Maryland National Guard currently serving in Afghanistan.