Ravens Vs. Bengals: Keys to a Ravens Victory

Posted: 5th November 2009 by Benjamin Butanis in NFL
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The Bengals compiled 403 total yards against the Ravens in Week 5, including the final 80-yard drive capped off by Andre Caldwell's 20-yard touchdown catch.

Cedric Benson looked like Walter Payton. Carson Palmer was barely touched all day. And the Ravens' defense drew 10 costly penalties, including three on the final drive.

This game is a must-win for the Ravens (4-3). They trail Pittsburgh and Cincinatti, both of whom are 5-2, in the AFC North -- but Cincinatti is 3-0 in the division.

In order to beat Cincinatti this week, the Ravens must:

1. Stop Cedric Benson.
I agree with Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun. Benson's success on the ground really opens up the Bengals' passing game -- something at which Carson Palmer and Co. don't need help. Benson gashed th ...

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