Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens NFL Free Pick for Week 17

Cincinnati Bengals
(4-11, 6-9 ATS)

Baltimore Ravens
(11-4, 8-6-1 ATS)

Last weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals ended the playoff dreams for the San Diego Chargers by pulling off the big time upset at home. They can’t end the season of the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but they can send the hosts on the road for the whole postseason an upset of epic proportions in NFL betting action in Week 17.

Cincinnati has shown some fight in recent weeks, and we are trying to figure out how it is doing that in spite of the fact that there are a number of injuries to deal with. QB Carson Palmer is looking around and wondering what has happened to all of his friends. WR Terrell Owens is done for the year, while neither TE Jermaine Gresham nor WR Chad Ochocinco are expected to suit either. That puts a real damper on a passing attack that ranked No. 13 in the league at 230.8 yards per game, and it really leaves the Bengals with very few options. This was a team that only averaged 326.3 yards per game this year and parlayed that into 21.0 points per game. The defense has had some great moments, particularly early in the season, but when push has come to shove, averaging 25.5 points per game allowed is nothing to write home about. Since their bye week, the Bengals are conceding 28.0 points per game, including giving up 49 to the Buffalo Bills and 39 to the Atlanta Falcons. When the Bengals give up more than 20 points in a game this year, they are 0-11. When they give up 20 or fewer, they are 4-0.

Baltimore has all to play for on Sunday, as it knows that it can do no worse than the No. 5 seed in the playoffs with a win. The biggest prize though, would be the No. 2 seed in the second season, something that would require a win and a loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Cleveland Browns. We know when this team puts it all together that it can be downright frightening. We really haven’t seen it all come together quite yet, though, and Head Coach John Harbaugh is hoping that this changes just in time for the playoffs. The Ravens haven’t had a losing streak all season long, and they have won three in a row as we speak, their longest winning streak of the year. When you talk about this team though, you talk about the defense, and this year once again, Baltimore is littered with Pro Bowlers on this side of the ball. As a core, the numbers weren’t absolutely stellar this year, as 313.8 yards and 17.5 points per game are solid, but not up to the standards that this unit as for itself. The return of S Ed Reed to the lineup helped immensely after the team’s bye week, and it is amazing that he is still a Pro Bowler and still led the team in picks with six on the campaign.

If nothing else, there is also a big time measure of revenge to be exacted here. The Bengals beat the Ravens thanks to five field goals in a 15-10 win back in Week 2, and the hosts haven’t forgotten about it. Cincinnati has won three straight in this series, but that comes to an end this week. An angry set of Ravens will make the Bengals disappear and will probably deliver a blow to the franchise that Head Coach Marvin Lewis will not recover from.

NFL Free Pick: Baltimore Ravens -10

Research on mantle cell lymphoma risk factors described by C.H. Geisler and colleagues.

Blood Weekly April 1, 2010 Investigators publish new data in the report ‘The Mantle Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index (MIPI) is superior to the International Prognostic Index (IPI) in predicting survival following intensive first-line immunochemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT).’ “Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) has a heterogeneous clinical course. The recently proposed Mantle Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index (MIPI) predicted the survival of MCL better than the International Prognostic Index in MCL patients treated with conventional chemotherapy, but its validity in MCL treated with more intensive immunochemotherapy has been questioned,” scientists in Copenhagen, Denmark report (see also Mantle Cell Lymphoma Risk Factors). go to web site mantle cell lymphoma go to website mantle cell lymphoma

“Applied here to 158 patients of the Nordic MCL2 trial of first-line intensive immunochemotherapy followed by high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation, the MIPI and the simplified MIPI (s-MIPI) predicted survival significantly better (p <.001) than the International Prognostic Index (p >.004). Both the MIPI and the s-MIPI mainly identified 2 risk groups, low and intermediate versus high risk, with the more easily applied s-MIPI being just as powerful as the MIPI. The MIPI(B) (biological), incorporating Ki-67 expression, identified almost half of the patients as high risk,” wrote C.H. Geisler and colleagues, .

The researchers concluded: “We suggest that also a simplified MIPI(B) is feasible.” Geisler and colleagues published their study in Blood (The Mantle Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index (MIPI) is superior to the International Prognostic Index (IPI) in predicting survival following intensive first-line immunochemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). Blood, 2010;115(8):1530-3).

For more information, contact C.H. Geisler, Rigshospitalet, Dept. of Hematology, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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