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Ravens at Bengals Week 17: Date, time, TV channel, how to watch, live stream

Ravens at Bengals Week 17: Date, time, TV channel, how to watch, live stream

The Ravens were officially eliminated from playoff contention in a Christmas Day loss to the Steelers. 

The Bengals are also out of the playoff hunt after a disappointing 5-9-1 record this season. 

When these two AFC North teams meet in Week 17, they will be playing for pride rather than the postseason.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said he will play his veterans and starters against the Bengals to try to win on Sunday.

If he stays true to his word, Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr. will also be playing the final game of his NFL career in Week 17, so that's reason enough to tune in.  

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WEEK 17 RAVENS AT BENGALS

Who: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

What: Week 17 of the 2016-17 NFL Regular Season

Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

When: Sunday, January 1, 1 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Live Stream: NFL.com Game Pass

Radio: Ravens Radio Network (Frequency Finder), Sirius/XM Channel 134

How To Watch: Ravens Kickoff airs 12 p.m. (Channel Finder)

Odds: Baltimore -3.5, Over/Under 41.5 (via oddsshark.com)

Baltimore Ravens 2016-17 Schedule: 

Week 1 (Sun. 9/11): vs. Buffalo Bills (13-7 W) — 1-0

Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): at Cleveland Browns (25-20 W) — 2-0

Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): at Jacksonville Jaguars (19-17 W) — 3-0

Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): vs. Oakland Raiders (28-27 L) — 3-1.

Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): vs. Washington Redskins (16-10 L) — 3-2.

Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): at New York Giants (27-23 L) — 3-3.

Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): at New York Jets (24-16 L) — 3-4.

Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): BYE

Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (21-14 W) — 4-4.

Week 10 (Thurs. 11/10): vs. Cleveland Browns (28-7 W) — 5-4.

Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): at Dallas Cowboys (27-17 L) — 5-5.

Week 12 (Sun. 11/27): vs. Cincinnati Bengals (19-14 W) — 6-5

Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): vs. Miami Dolphins, (38-6 W) — 7-5

Week 14 (Mon. 12/12): at New England Patriots, (30-23 L) — 7-6

Week 15 (Sun. 12/18): vs. Philadelphia Eagles, (27-26 W) — 8-6 

Week 16 (Sun. 12/25): at Pittsburgh Steelers, (31-27 L) — 8-7 

Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. — CBS

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How Ravens will fill 'irreplaceable' Marshal Yanda's right guard position

How Ravens will fill 'irreplaceable' Marshal Yanda's right guard position

The Ravens have a few holes throughout the roster, but perhaps none of them carry as much significance as the right guard position. 

With Marshal Yanda’s retirement earlier in the offseason, the Ravens have an open spot at right guard for the first time in over a decade. While there are a few options to replace the future Hall of Famer, none of them carry Yanda’s presence. 

“The thinking is it’s going to be really hard,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “I think he’s irreplaceable, bottom line. You can’t say that you’re going to plug in another Marshal Yanda. Probably the same thing applied to Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. To me, he’s in that category.”

Baltimore’s options along the interior offensive line are limited, as center Matt Skura is recovering from a significant knee injury — leaving the starting interior line, from left to right, as Bradley Bozeman, Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers. 

Mekari has five starts in his career; Powers has played in just one game. 

The team also released James Hurst, who was a versatile offensive lineman who could play both tackle and guard. Now, the Ravens have a lack of depth along the starting offensive line. 

Now, they’ll turn their focus to adding talent to the interior offensive line — both talent that can start and provide immediate depth.

“There are some tackles that we think can play inside, play guard,” general manager Eric DeCosta said. “There are some really good guards, some centers in this draft. I think we’ve shown in the past that we can find guys in the second, third, fourth, fifth rounds, offensive linemen who can come in and play.”

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A few early options in the draft figure to be Lloyd Cushenberry III out of LSU, Cesar Ruiz of Michigan and Nick Harris of Washington. 

Cushenberry and Ruiz started most of their careers at center, but Harris spent time at guard as well and could provide some much-needed versatility to a position that has some legitimate concerns. 

“We’ve got to make sure that we do a great job of making sure the interior offensive line is all set,” Harbaugh said. “How you do it, you do it the old way. We’ve got to look at all the players, try to find the best fits. I don’t think we necessarily have to concern ourselves with what the rest of the league is looking for in the offensive line, or any other position really, but just what we’re looking for and the type of player we want.”

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How Eric DeCosta, staff plan to build out the Ravens’ draft board during quarantine

How Eric DeCosta, staff plan to build out the Ravens’ draft board during quarantine

When the NFL Draft happens on April 23, the best technology available will be at the Ravens’ staff’s fingertips. 

They’ll also have to conduct the draft more like what was conducted in the 1980s as compared to present day. 

With league-wide shutdowns of team facilities, all NFL teams will have to conduct their own drafts with each individual front office member in their homes. In a way, that means it’s business as usual for the Ravens. 

“I don’t think it’s really going to be that much different than we’ve been accustomed to,” general manager Eric DeCosta said. “We had the opportunity to meet with so many different players at the Senior Bowl and the East-West combine, we really prepared to be the best we can be. The thing we come back to, it’s been this way ever since I know I got into the league, it’s really about the tape, how the guy plays.”

The Ravens will have to navigate the draft, though, without a traditional war room for the staff to congregate in. There, they’ll have to make draft choices and trades remotely.

“We did a lot of work in person in February and also in December to get ready for these meetings,” DeCosta said. “There are some challenges associated, nothing major, but we’re excited for the opportunity and we think it’s going to work out well for us.”

The draft board this year, DeCosta said, will have 185 players that they consider to be “draftable” players for the Ravens. Of that number, 25 of which are wide receivers. He’ll have to make those selections over Zoom, the video-conferencing service. 

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Coach John Harbaugh’s mind isn’t exactly at ease over Zoom, either. 

“Every time I read something in The Wall Street Journal or New York Times that talks about how messed up Zoom is or some of these other deals that came out this morning, I immediately text it to our IT people,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve got some real concerns about that, and hopefully we’ll be okay. I really wouldn’t want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings.”

The draft board and meetings that Harbaugh would like to keep internally will assuredly discuss the bevy of wide receivers available in this year’s class. Three first-round locks appear to be two Alabama receivers, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, and Ceedee Lamb of Oklahoma. 

Denzel Mims, Justin Jefferson, Tee Higgins and Jalen Reagor all could find themselves picked in the first 32 selections, too.

“There’s a lot of really good players, obviously the receivers class is prolific by many people’s standards," DeCosta said. "There’s probably 25 draft-able wideouts in this draft. Very very talented running backs, offensive linemen, tight ends. We’re going to look at the board, we’re going to assess the strengths and weaknesses at every position when we’re on the clock.”

Baltimore has nine picks in the draft, including seven in the first four rounds. While the opportunity of trading up, or down, exists, DeCosta wasn’t shy about what those picks could mean for the Ravens in the 2020 season. 

“I think with the influx of juniors every year, we see that drafts tend to be stronger in the last five-to-seven years than they have been,” DeCosta said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys this year we feel like will have a really good opportunity with our first seven picks to really get some outstanding football players that can come in immediately and pay dividends for us.”

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