Thursday Night Football is set to have a really thrilling and competitive game for the first time since Week 2.
It is real! In the stunning Crab State—which should be Maryland’s nickname—the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Baltimore Ravens. These are two playoff-caliber teams who have everything to show following eerily identical (and equally depressing) walk-off defeats.
After a difficult beginning, the Bengals have steadied themselves and lost a close game against C.J. Stroud and the Houston Texans in Week 10. After dealing with a back issue over the last week, quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase were once again a potent combination. However, Stroud—a serious MVP contender—was too strong for their defense to contain. Cincy’s 30-27 defeat wasn’t sealed until the last seconds of the game, when Texans kicker Matt Ammendola hit his third field goal of the day.
The Ravens fell to the Cleveland Browns in Week 10, again on a walk-off field goal. In contrast to the Bengals, the Ravens held a lead against the Browns throughout the whole game, including the final moments. They really led 24 to 9 just a few minutes into the second half, but in the fourth quarter they collapsed, giving Cleveland 16 points. Baltimore lost 33-31 after a field goal in the last seconds overturned their 31-30 advantage.
Both clubs are eager to demonstrate that their defeats were just minor setbacks on route to the postseason. But only one team will be able to calm the fans with that victory.
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