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NFL Capsule: Ravens at Bengals

NFL Capsule: Ravens at Bengals

BALTIMORE (10-5) At CINCINNATI (9-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Bengals by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 6-9; Cincinnati 8-6-1

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 19-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 9; Bengals No. 13

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Bengals 44-13, Sept. 10

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Giants 33-14; Bengals beat Steelers 13-10

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (15), PASS (13)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (24), PASS (17)

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (14), PASS (16)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (8), PASS (10)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Baltimore has won four straight over Cincinnati, including 44-13 Monday night win that ranks as one of Bengals' worst season-opening losses in franchise history. ... Baltimore clinched second straight AFC North title with win over New York. Ravens are NFL's only team to go to playoffs each of last five years. ... Cincinnati clinched second straight wild card berth with win at Pittsburgh. ... Cincinnati locked into No. 6 seed. Baltimore could move up to No. 3 seed if it wins Sunday and New England - No. 3 seed heading into final weekend - loses at home to Miami. Ravens then would host Bengals following weekend. ... If Ravens lose or New England wins, Baltimore would host Indianapolis in first round. ... Baltimore's offense emerged from slump during win over Giants, gaining season-high 533 yards. Joe Flacco completed 25 of 36 passes for 309 yards with two TDs. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce reach ran for more than 100 yards. ... Rice has averaged 110 yards rushing with seven TDs in last four games against Cincinnati. He has run for two TDs in each of last three games against Bengals. ... Rice has 36 career catches for 300 yards against Cincinnati, his best mark against any team. ... Rice needs 22 yards receiving to join Marshall Faulk as only players to run for 1,000 yards and have 500 yards on catches in four straight seasons. ... In last four games against Cincinnati, Flacco has completed 71.3 percent of passes for 824 yards with five TDs, two INTs and 106.9 passer rating. ... TE Dennis Pitta needs one TD catch to set club record for tight ends. He's tied with Todd Heap at seven. ... S Ed Reed returned INT 34 yards for TD in season opener. His 10 INTs against Bengals second-most against any team. He has picked off 11 passes against Cleveland. ... K Justin Tucker has made 93.5 percent of field goal attempts. The NFL record for a rookie is 88.9 percent by Philadelphia's Alex Henery in 2011. ... Andy Dalton has completed 54 percent of passes with one TD and four INTs during Cincinnati's last three losses to Ravens. ... A.J. Green has five 100-yard games receiving, tying Bengals record. ... Green has 11 TD catches, trailing Green Bay's James Jones (13) and Dallas' Dez Bryant (12) for league lead. ... Green needs 116 yards to tie Chad Johnson's club record of 1,324 yards in season. ... Bengals' 47 sacks one shy of Denver for NFL lead. Cincinnati has never led NFL in sacks. Club record 48 in 2001. .. DT Geno Atkins has 12 1/2 sacks, most by NFL interior lineman.

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Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Ravens have made another move to keep their defense intact long-term. 

Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has reportedly signed a three-year contract extension that will make Martindale the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL. But as for the future, the team expects him to be a head coaching candidate after the 2020 season. 

Martindale, 56, has been in Baltimore since 2012 where he started as the team’s linebackers coach. He held that position through 2017 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2018. 

In 2018, his first season as coordinator, he led the Ravens defense to a league best 292.9 yards allowed per game and was runner-up for Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Ravens lost some significant pieces after 2018 season and were without Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and Za’Darius Smith in 2019. After struggling in three of the first four weeks of the season, the revamped defense eventually took shape. 

Baltimore allowed just 15.1 points per game after the Week 4 loss to Cleveland, where it allowed 40 points — their most all season. 

Through the whole season, the Ravens allowed 300.2 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the league. They also ranked third in total points with 17.6 points allowed per game. 

The unit took shape with some key mid-season acquisitions — most notably Marcus Peters, Jihad Ward and Josh Bynes — and lifted the unit to one of the best in the league along with its NFL-best offense.

In a season of new contracts for the Ravens defense, they’ve now extended cornerback Tavon Young, linebacker L.J. Fort, defensive lineman and linebacker Patrick Ricard, Peters and, most recently, safety Chuck Clark in the last year.

Now, the man leading the defense will be in the fold for a few more years, too. 

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Baltimore Ravens’ starting left guard Bradley Bozeman showed off one of his many talents earlier this week as he dominated a 72-ounce steak dinner. 

Bozeman accomplished this feat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch while traveling with his wife. The restaurant is famous for this eating challenge, which involves eating over 4 pounds of steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad topped off with a butter roll in under an hour. 

Although Bozeman is an absolute unit of a person, this was still no small feat. Bozeman strategized during the meal in order to ensure success as he switched from steak sauce to honey. Yet, Bozeman still questioned his ability to successfully finish with just 2 ounces of steak left. He even instructed his wife who was filming in the audience to shut the camera off in fear of getting sick on camera.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Bozeman told ESPN. “The last bite was rough.”

Bozeman pushed on and not only finished the steak, but even had a little carrot cake for dessert. His prize? Free dinner, a t-shirt, and most likely a massive stomach ache. 

Despite his claim that this was “the toughest food thing” he’s ever done, Bozeman flashed a big smile holding the prized shirt which read “I ate it all!”

Bozeman is now one of only approximately 10,000 people who have successfully finished the meal, with over 110,000 people having tried. 

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