For the first time since Week 2, Thursday Night Football has a truly exciting and competitive game scheduled.
It’s true! The Cincinnati Bengals play the Baltimore Ravens in the pretty crappy state (that’s Maryland’s nickname), and these two playoff-caliber teams have something to prove after remarkably similar (and similarly disappointing) walk-off losses.
Finding their feet after a rough start, the Bengals lost to CJ Stroud and the Houston Texans in Week 10 after a back-and-forth game. QB Joe Burrow and WR Ja’Mar Chase are back to form a potent duo after dealing with back injuries last week. But their defense couldn’t contain Stroud, a legitimate MVP candidate. Cincy’s 30-27 loss wasn’t sealed until the final seconds of the game, when Texans kicker Matt Ammendola made his third field goal.
The Ravens lost to the Cleveland Browns in Week 10, also on a walk-off field goal. But unlike the Bengals, the Ravens actually led the Browns the entire game, until the final seconds. In fact, they took a 24-9 lead a few minutes into the second half, but they melted down in the fourth quarter, allowing Cleveland to score 16 points. Baltimore’s 31–30 lead was erased on a field goal in the final seconds and they lost 33–31.
Both teams will be looking to prove that those losses are minor bumps in the road on their journey to the playoffs. But only one team will walk away with a win that will appease that fan base.
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