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Ravens vs. Bengals: Score, Stats, Highlights, Analysis

Ravens vs. Bengals: Score, Stats, Highlights, Analysis

The second-place Ravens will play the third-place Bengals at home in a Week 12 AFC North matchup. 

The Ravens (5-5) were first in the division before their loss last week to the Dallas Cowboys. They have to win this week to avoid losing any more ground to the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals (3-6-1) need a win if they want to remain in playoff contention.

The Bengals have won five in a row against the Ravens, but today they will be missing wide receiver A.J. Green, who is out with a hamstring injury. Green has historically been very successful against Baltimore - in their last meeting he had 10 receptions for 227 yards - so the Ravens will definitely try to capitalize on his absence.

Elvis Dumervil will be active for the first time since Week 5 today, but seven others with will be inactive for the Ravens, including cornerback Jimmy Smith.

Ravens vs Bengals Live Updates: Score, Stats, Highlights


4:00 p.m.: And the Ravens defense comes up HUGE. Elvis Dumervil, in his first game back from injury, forces a Dalton fumble on what could have been the Bengals' go-ahead drive. Ravens ball with 1:05 left and up 19-12. 

3:58 p.m.: This has been a low scoring affair, but it'll come down to the wire as the Bengals offense is driving in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. Buckle up, Ravens fans. 

3:24 p.m.: Tucker is now responsible for 12 of the Ravens' 19 points on the day. He hit his fourth field goal of the day — this time a 36-yarder — to up Baltimore's lead to 19-9 early in the fourth quarter. 


3:06 p.m.: After a stalemate for most of the third quarter, the Bengals get back in the game as Andy Dalton hits Tyler Eifert in the endzone on third-and-goal to cut Cincy's deficit to 16-9 (Mike Nugent missed the extra point). 


2:30 p.m.: And he does it yet again! He hits a 54-yard field goal to end the half, and it's 16-3 Ravens at halftime. 

2:17 p.m.: Justin Tucker, ladies and gentlemen. The Ravens' place kicker drills a 57-yarder (!) to extend the Baltimore lead to 13-3. He's now made 32 consecutive field goals.

2:08 p.m.: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill left the game with an apparent knee injury, and doesn't seem likely to return. 

1:45 p.m.: Aaaand the Bengals immediately squander their chance. Andy Dalton fumbles a shotgun snap and the Ravens recover. Crisis averted for Baltimore. 

1:40 p.m.: The Bengals get on the board with a chip shot field goal, and are back in business after Flacco threw an interception inside Ravens territory. 


1:24 p.m.: Vontaze Burfict dekes the refs with perhaps the flop of the century. 

1:21 p.m.: The Ravens tack on a Justin Tucker field goal to open up an early 10-0 lead over the Bengals. 

1:20 p.m.: Terrell Suggs knows how to make an entrance, that's for sure. 

1:09 p.m.: And the Ravens strike first! They take the opening drive of the game and hit paydirt as Joe Flacco hits Breshad Perriman for a touchdown. It's 7-0 Baltimore early in the first quarter. 


12:16 p.m.: Brent Harris weighs in on Dumervil's return:

12:00 p.m.: Ravens Kickoff airs now on CSN with Brad Jackson and Chris Miller.

11:45 a.m.: Be sure to follow our CSN Ravens account and CSN Ravens Insider Clifton Brown on Twitter.

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?