We’re back with our week 16 predictions. Each writer will have his record next to his name in parentheses.
Chris L. Brown (9-6):
Jimmy Smith going onto IR for the last week is interesting. I thought that they might move Keenan Reynolds up. I do wish he was active for this game. He would have had at least one WOW play. The Ravens’ sole motivation here is to A)Get a winning final record, and B)Give Steve Smith Sr. the proper send off. Look for an abandonment of convention on offense in favor of getting #89 an insane amount of targets. The Bengals have little to play for other than pride and a bonus or two. It won’t be enough. Ravens 42 Bengals 9.
Holt Smith (9-6):
The Ravens are going into this game highly motivated to send out Steve in the right way, the notion that there is nothing to play for is silly. I think Steve is going to get fed all game and will have a game reminiscent of the first time he played the Bengals as a Baltimore Raven. I think Kenneth Dixon will get a healthy workload this game so that the coaches will be able to see if he has potential as an all down back in his future. Ravens 28-7
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Rich Hallstrom (9-6):
The Baltimore Ravens will close out 2016 season by punishing the Bengals. Baltimore has too many veterans to just go through the motions. Two touchdowns by Joe Flacco and one rushing touchdown from Kenneth Dixon seal another winning season Baltimore 24 Bengals 7
Chuck Mills (9-6):
The Ravens will be playing for pride today, while the Bengals will only be playing for various bonuses on their paychecks today. While the Ravens are short-handed on defense with Jimmy Smith and Zach Orr injured, the Bengals are without A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert, Gio Bernard, and Jeremy Hill. Things will be ugly for them on offense. Steve Smith will have a huge day, with 12 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Ravens 30, Bengals 9.