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Game Capsules: Breaking Down Week 17

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

Baltimore (+2.5) at Cincinnati, 41.5 o/u Sunday, 1:00 pm EST

Comments: The Ravens came within the length of Antonio Brown's outstretched arm last week of potentially winning their division, but instead they'll be watching the hated Steelers carry the NFC North banner into the postseason. That leaves them with very little to play for this week, even in terms of individual milestones, and while you know Steve Smith will want to go out with a bang (if this is indeed his final game) the real drama for Baltimore will come in their backfield. Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West have been taking turns having the more productive game, but Dixon certainly looked like the team's future lead RB last week, making defenders miss and refusing to go down on first contact. The Bengals have been soft against the run all year they're 22nd in rushing yards allowed per game and in YPC allowed so whichever back gets the carries should be productive Sunday. ...

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