Cincinnati Bengals Move to Top Of AFC North Heap

Posted: 8th November 2009 by Doug Tifft in NFL
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The changing of the guard is complete atop the AFC North Division. With a 17-7 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in week nine, the Cincinnati Bengals supplanted the Ravens as the top challenger to the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the notoriously competitive division. With their second win of the 2009 season over Baltimore, Cincinnati completed a shift that had just as much to do with the faltering Ravens as it did with the rejuvenated Bengals. Injuries along the defensive line to Haloti Ngata and Trevor Pryce forced Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison to bring four or five men on obvious passing situations, and take an uncharacteristic number of risks in running situations. When the Ravens gambled incorrectlyùor missed tacklesùthe Bengals were a ...

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