5 things we learned from the Ravens’ 19-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals – Baltimore Sun

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1.) The Ravens got the win they needed but they’re still not the team they want to be. 

The Ravens had to beat the struggling Bengals at home to keep a foothold in the AFC North. Their remaining schedule is difficult enough that they can’t afford any slip-ups in their divisional match race with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

So in that sense, they left M&T Bank Stadium satisfied Sunday afternoon.

But team leaders Joe Flacco and Terrell Suggs have played enough January football to know that getting to the playoffs is one thing. Playing well enough to win in the postseason is another. And right now, the Ravens aren’t all the way there.

They’ve beaten one team decisively all season — the winless Cleveland Browns. Stingy as their defense has been, we’ve learned how heavily it depends on injured cornerback Jimmy Smith. Meanwhile, the Ravens’ greatest offensive threat is a kicker. 

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