OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens have lost five straight games to the Bengals. Terrell Suggs says the Bengals are like a bully the Ravens need to earn respect from.
“It’s just like that kid you just got to fight every day until you win,” Suggs said. “They’ve been kind of picking on us. Five straight is five straight. Numbers don’t lie. They’ve kind of had our number. We’re going to see what we can do to change that.”
Sunday’s game against the Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium looks like a golden opportunity for the Ravens (5-5) to snap their losing streak against the reeling Bengals (3-6-1). Both wide receiver A. J. Green (hamstring) and running back Giovonni Bernard (season-ending knee injury) are out for the Bengals, who are just 1-3-1 in their last five games.
Even before Green and Bernard were injured in Week 11, the Bengals were not playing well. However, the Ravens say they won’t look past Cincinnati. The Ravens (5-5) and Steelers (5-5) are in a tight battle for the AFC North title, with the winner making the playoffs, and the loser likely missing the postseason.
“If you need more motivation than to win, when you’re at the top of the division, then I don’t know what to tell you,” Suggs said. “You’re definitely in the wrong business. I told the guys, we came up short last week, we’re a little disappointed, but we’re still in a six-game season. We still have an opportunity to make this a great and magical season. We’re going to continue to work and strive toward that.”
Nobody has to remind Ravens coach John Harbaugh that the Bengals have had their way with his team.
“They have always been for us as long as I have been here,” Harbaugh said. “If we do not start beating the Bengals, then we are not going to win any division championships. That is especially true this year.”
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