"This week is Cincinnati," John told The Baltimore Sun on Monday. "Next week will be whoever we play next week, whenever we play them. But this week is Cincinnati. Absolutely."
"There is nothing comfortable about what we are up against," John said. "It's going to be a fight. It's a team that we know, a team that we understand, and it's going to be a tough ballgame."
Baltimore's on-again/off-again routine is wearing thin. Two solid victories over Pittsburgh are less impressive in the light of mysterious losses to the Jaguars and Seahawks. Dropping the Bengals tilt would set off sirens and cast doubt on this team's ability to endure a rough-and-tumble playoff run.