The game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens was expected to be rather close as the Bengals were listed at +3 for the game with a +135 payout for a straight up win. The Bengals actually got a push out of the game with a 27-24 win. This brought the Bengals to a 4-2-1 record with a lead in the AFC North while the Ravens fell to 5-3 and in a three-way tie for a wild card.
The first half featured a quarterback sneak by Andy Dalton to give the Bengals the lead but the Ravens' Justin Tucker had two field goals before halftime with both at 45 yards or higher. During the first quarter, the Ravens went for 89 yards on 18 plays in a little less than nine minutes but were stopped just one yard shy of the end zone.
Adam Jones and Emmanuel Lamur both had interceptions for the Bengals in the third quarter. Giovani Bernard also ran for a touchdown for the Bengals while Mike Nugent had a field goal. Lorenzo Taliaferro had a touchdown run for the Ravens near the end of the quarter while Justin Forsett ran for a two-point conversion.
While Nugent had a field goal to start the fourth, Dalton had two turnovers to bring the Ravens to the lead. A D Smith fumble recover from Dalton led to a Taliaferro touchdown while a C Mosley interception brought on a 53-yard field goal from Justin Tucker.
The Bengals would secure a win with less than a minute to go. Dalton had another quarterback sneak, this time on a fourth down situation, to give the Bengals a 27-24 win. During the final possession, Steve Smith committed an offensive pass interference penalty on a play that would have given the Ravens a touchdown.
The Ravens' Joe Flacco was limited to 17-34 in passing with 195 yards. Meanwhile, the Bengals' Mohamed Sanu has 125 receiving yards off of only five receptions. Sanu also had 27 yards off of two running plays. Overall, the Bengals swept both of their games against the Ravens for the week.