Cincinnati's 23-17 win over Baltimore had the vibe of a preseason snoozer, with starters being rested all over the field.
There wasn't much to fawn over, but we do have a few observations about each team heading into the playoffs:
» They have issues on offense. Granted, BenJarvus Green-Ellis (hamstring) didn't play Sunday, but there's no clear Plan B when "deep to A.J. Green" isn't working. Dalton didn't connect with Green for the first 28 minutes and was held to 78 passing yards over two quarters. Fatal business come January.
» I can't argue with resting Flacco and Rice, but we still don't know what we'll get next week from this schizophrenic offense. A chronic issue for Baltimore.
» Probably more for next season, but backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor was intriguing -- at times electric -- in relief of Flacco. Taylor did some nice work with read-option plays and chewed up 65 yards on nine carries. Why not throw Taylor out there in some situations next week?
» Some might disagree, but I don't understand the need to shove Ray Lewis back into the lineup. We're seeing more cohesion from the Ravens' defense -- and its linebackers -- of late.