Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Harbaugh Says NFL Doesn't Care About Ravens With Schedule Change

Harbaugh Says NFL Doesn't Care About Ravens With Schedule Change

The formula is simple for the Baltimore Ravens.

The Cincinnati Bengals have traditionally been a tough opponent for the Baltimore Ravens. Even if they lost, though, the Ravens still can make it to the postseason if either the Buffalo Bills or the Tennessee Titans lose in Week 17.

It has been a long season for the Colts but they have played some competitive football, albeit on rare occasions, including the Week 16 loss to the Ravens.

"You definitely don't look past the Bengals", Baltimore linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "He's still doing everything he can to get us ready and get us going". Quarterback Joe Flacco, who was maligned for much of the season, has been fantastic in the month of December.

"Our goal is to get to the playoffs, and once you get to those games, you can't rely on winning those games by 20 or 30 points", Flacco said.

Baltimore dominated the Bengals and forced five turnovers in a 20-0 victory in the regular-season opener. It was his first appearance since October 8 after missing time with a calf injury.

Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh has already voiced his displeasure in playing a later game than originally scheduled, but he also stated they'll be looking to take care of their own business in Sunday's contest. The Ravens hold a 14-7 edge over the Bengals in Baltimore. Ravens lead series, 22-21.

The Bengals are effective getting to quarterbacks and are tied for seventh in the National Football League with 40 sacks.

"I don't know what their considerations are at the league office, and why they do what they do", Harbaugh added. "But they don't care about us". The regular-season finale could also mark the end of head coach Marvin Lewis' 15-year tenure in Cincinnati. "I think he has practiced really well, and I expect him to come in and play at a high level".

The Bengals came to life last week and beat one team that was fighting for their playoff lives. Adeboyejo, an undrafted rookie from Ole Miss, was impressive throughout training camp before suffering a PCL knee injury. Lewis was the Ravens defensive coordinator from 1996-2001, of course leading a star-studded defense that won the 2000 Super Bowl. "We had to battle the war of attrition once again. So, whatever happens is going to happen". In his last three games, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for two touchdowns with four interceptions and has a 53.6 pass rating.

Cincinnati's 26-17 upset of Detroit eliminated the Lions.

Baltimore has won five of six, the lone flaw in that stretch a 39-38 defeat against AFC North champion Pittsburgh on the road. The Ravens have dealt with numerous injuries on the offensive line this season and Howard's absence would have a huge impact.

Those who show up this Sunday afternoon will be watching the Ravens try to clinch a No. 5 seed in the playoffs and a first-round matchup in Kansas City. Still, the Ravens are wary.

The Baltimore players are embracing the must-win scenario.

"We've probably known since the bye [seven weeks ago] that 10 wins would get us in", safety Eric Weddle said. He's been nothing but gracious to us over the years.

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