Could Bengals play spoiler to Ravens' playoff chances? Not really

Lamar Jackson could go over 1,000 yards rushing on Sunday. Silas Walker/Getty Images

Ravens (10-5) at Bengals (4-10-1)

1 p.m. ET | CBS

Matchup rating: 65.3 | Spread: BAL -13 (44)

What to watch for: With Baltimore needing a win to clinch a playoff spot, Cincinnati is looking to play spoiler and end the season on a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2015. But the Ravens' No. 1 rushing attack is a big reason the visitors will be the heavy favorites against Cincinnati. -- Ben Baby

Bold prediction: Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will become the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in two seasons. Jackson needs 92 yards on Sunday to do so. He averaged 112 yards rushing in his first three meetings with the Bengals before rushing only twice (for a career-low 3 yards) against them in Week 5. -- Jamison Hensley

Stat to know: Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is 92 receiving yards shy of joining A.J. Green (2011) and Cris Collinsworth (1981) as the only Bengals rookies with 1,000 receiving yards.

Playoff/draft picture: The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth with a win, a Browns loss or a Colts loss. FPI likes those odds, giving them a 90.6% chance to make the postseason. The Bengals, however, are more concerned with draft position. They are projected to have the No. 5 pick, and FPI has them at a 73.3% chance of staying in the top five come Sunday night.

Injuries: Ravens | Bengals

What to know for fantasy: Here comes Lamar! Jackson is averaging 40.4% more fantasy points per game over the past three weeks than he did prior to Week 14 this season. See Week 17 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Ravens have covered five straight and are 41-0 outright as a double-digit favorite in the regular season. They are the only franchise that is undefeated in such games. Read more.

Hensley's pick: Ravens 31, Bengals 10

Baby's pick: Ravens 30, Bengals 14

FPI prediction: BAL, 74.1% (by an average of 8.6 points)

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