The Ravens should thank the Bengals for winning on Monday

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The Baltimore Ravens enjoyed a well-deserved week off last week while enjoying a nearly perfect slate of games on Sunday and another quite impeccable development on Monday as the Cincinnati Bengals went on to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars on MNF.

In a rather surprising outcome that brought the game to OT, the Bengals halted their three-game losing streak and moved to an even 6-6 record on the season by beating a title contender in the Jaguars 34-31.

With Joe Burrow injured and out for the season, quarterback Jake Browning did everything to keep the Bengals alive and ultimately lifted them to victory over Jacksonville.

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence can't say the same, not only because his team lost, but because he had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with an injury that might force him to miss a few weeks during the home stretch of the regular season.

The Jaguars are still in contention to win the AFC South, which they are leading entering Week 14 with an 8-4 record, but their chances at getting crowned no. 1 seed in the AFC were diminished by losing on Monday.

The Ravens benefited from this result even though the Bengals cut their distance in the AFC North a bit with the Ravens by getting to a .500 winning percentage.

Keep in mind, however, that Baltimore has the head-to-head advantage after going 2-0 against the Bengals this season, not to mention Baltimore is at 9-3 compared to Cincy's 6-6 record.

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In the AFC as a whole, following the Jaguars' loss on MNF, only the Ravens and the Dolphins boast a 9-3 record through Week 13 with the latter in possession of the No. 1 seed for now but a matchup between both franchises still to be played later this season.

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