Friday, November 18, 2011

Ravens taking it one game at a time

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has insisted this week that he is not looking past this weekend’s showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals – even though his side faces a potential showdown next week against the San Francisco 49ers, who just happen to be coached by his younger brother, Jim. This should be exciting for live in-play betting.

With the game against San Francisco already having a certain level of family bragging rights attached to the result, the fact that it is also the Thanksgiving night fixture will make it extra special to all involved – but the Ravens’ coach insists that he won’t be letting sentiment stand in the way of ensuring that they take care of business this Sunday:

“This week is Cincinnati. Next week will be whoever we play next week, whenever we play them. But this week is Cincinnati – absolutely.”

Whether or not you believe his claim that the game against the 49ers is of no more importance to either his side – or to him on a personal level – there can still be no doubting that Baltimore can hardly afford another slip-up with their season currently standing at 6-3 in the conference. They sit just behind the Pittsburgh Steelers who have a 7-3 record to date, and f they want that gap to close then nothing less than a victory this weekend will do for Harbaugh’s outfit. Those looking for online bets will want to keep an eye on this.

Certainly by paying respect to the Bengals, he has avoided giving the Cincinnatti team any added motivation to damage his side’s chances of making the playoffs – an important factor following the unexpected losses against the Jaguars and Seahawks which have already cast a shadow over their season. Certainly the Ravens will need all the wins that they can muster if they plan to improve on their impressive 2010 showing when they made the divisional playoffs.

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