National Football League
Preview
Baltimore at Cincinnati
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 1, 2017
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

A Week 17 meeting between the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens looked like a marquee matchup when the 2016 schedule was released, but the reality of the situation turned out quite different. Both teams will be finishing up the season without looking ahead to the playoffs when the Bengals host the Ravens on Sunday.

Baltimore controlled its own destiny for the AFC North title but has dropped two of its last three games, including a crushing 31-27 setback at Pittsburgh last week that clinched the division for the Steelers. The Ravens don't plan on laying down in the finale and will play all of their healthy veterans after coach John Harbaugh told reporters, "We're going to win the game. We wouldn't look at it any other way." Cincinnati is taking a similar approach, although its injury list is longer, and the team will not push wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring) or linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion) to return. Green traveled with the team to Houston last week but was told he would not play on Friday and left to return to Cincinnati, where he has been around the team but not practicing.

TV:
1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: PK. O/U: 41.5

ABOUT THE RAVENS (8-7): The finale marks what likely will be the final career game for wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., who says he is "89 percent sure" he will retire. "There will be mourning," Smith told reporters. "There will be a lot of emotions. Also, there are a lot of other things I can grasp on that you can't take away. That I can hold on to. Whether you want to or not, you're going to move on. That's part of life." The 37-year-old is one of 11 players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receptions and 14,000 yards, and he leads Baltimore's receivers with five touchdown catches this season.

ABOUT THE BENGALS (5-9-1): Cincinnati could be saying goodbye to Andrew Whitworth, a 35-year-old tackle who is a free agent after the season. However, the Bengals don't plan to say farewell to coach Marvin Lewis, who took the team to the playoffs each of the previous five seasons and shot down retirement rumors this week. "I'll be back in 2017," Lewis told SiriusXM radio after causing a stir while refusing to answer that question during his weekly press conference.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) sat out practice on Thursday and is questionable.

2. Ravens LB Zach Orr (neck), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle) and T Rick Wagner (concussion) all are questionable after sitting out practice this week.

3. Baltimore has lost its last four trips to Cincinnati.

PREDICTION: Ravens 24, Bengals 14
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Baltimore 8-7 L1 22.2 19.6 6-2 2-5 2-1 0-0 - - 7-4
Cincinnati 5-9-1 L2 19.9 20.3 3-3-1 2-6 1-2-1 0-0 - - 4-7
Last Meeting
Baltimore Cincinnati
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/27/16 CIN 14 BAL 19 311 92 219 325 64 261
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Baltimore J. Flacco 69.4 234 1 1
Cincinnati A. Dalton 54.2 283 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Baltimore K. Dixon 13 49 3.8 0
Cincinnati R. Burkhead 5 29 5.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Baltimore M. Wallace 3 57 19.0 0
Cincinnati T. Eifert 5 68 13.6 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Baltimore B. Perriman 1
Cincinnati T. Eifert 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Baltimore J. Flacco 64.8 4050 20 14
Cincinnati A. Dalton 64.7 3980 17 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Baltimore T. West 188 756 4.0 5
Cincinnati J. Hill 222 839 3.8 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Baltimore M. Wallace 68 984 14.5 4
Cincinnati A. Green 66 964 14.6 4
Touchdowns Player TD
Baltimore T. West 6
Cincinnati J. Hill 9