1. This one will finish up being a one-score game, but it will be an afternoon of football that the Ravens control for the most part. I fully expect the Bengals to “hang around” just long enough to give everyone at M&T Bank Stadium a scare, but a pick by Ed Reed without about 5 minutes to go will help preserve a 24-17 Baltimore victory.
2. Chad Whatever-His-Name-Is will score a touchdown and break into some silly post-TD dance that will get him prime exposure on all the highlight shows this coming week. By the way, Johnson still hasn’t won a playoff game in his career. But what’s that matter, really?
3. Cedric Benson will gain 47 yards on the ground. The Bengals – as a team – will rush for 69. Sooner or later, these NFL teams will figure it out. To beat the Ravens, you have to throw, throw, throw, throw again, throw some more, and, finally, keep throwing.
4. For the 5th straight game, Willis McGahee will find the end zone for Baltimore.
5. Following the victory, O’s GM Andy MacPhail will mutter to his friends, “Finally, the Ravens got a win in October. I was starting to think it might not ever happen.”
6. Steve Hauschka will miss a field goal on Sunday. The calls will start coming in around 6:11 am on Monday morning. ”We shoulda never let Stover go, I’m tellin’ ya hon.”
7. The Bengals will get victimized by a questionable call or two by the officials. No one in Baltimore will call the show tomorrow to complain about how bad the officiating is these days.
8. Kelley Washington will catch a TD pass against his former team. His TD dance will be worth the price of admission. OK, well maybe not. I’m not even sure the game itself is worth the price of admission. That is, unless Mark Teixeira hits one out in the bottom of the 11th inning of a playoff game.
9. Carson Palmer will get sacked 6 times on Sunday. At some point, he’ll go back to the huddle and say, “You guys feel like blocking someone?”
10. With the Ravens win, Glenn Clark’s weekend won’t be completely ruined. His Terps football team got run out of the gym at Wake Forest on Saturday and his other favorite team, Rhode Island, lost to the Towson Tigers yesterday. Not been a great weekend for the “Executive Producer”.