Cumberland Times-News


November 10, 2013

Bengals still measure success by showing vs Ravens

Cincinnati can take control of AFC North with a win


Five things to know about the Bengals-Ravens matchup:
The Bengals will play their first full game without standout defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who tore his right ACL in a loss to Miami on Oct. 31. “Geno is definitely the one guy who has stood out for them,” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said. “It’s a shame that he’s not going to be able to be out there, and I’m sure that will affect them in some way. But they’ve got a bunch of guys over there that can get after the quarterback.” Brandon Thompson replaced Atkins against Miami and finished with seven tackles. 
The Ravens hope running back Ray Rice returns to form against a team he’s dominated in the past. Rice has only 259 yards rushing this season and is averaging a paltry 2.7 yards per carry. But he averages 5.0 yards per carry in 10 career games against Cincinnati, and his eight rushing touchdowns are the most against any team. “I still believe we’ll get the run game going,” Rice said. “We have the guys. We’ve just seen some pretty good fronts and I’ve battled through some stuff (including a hip flexor injury) this year.”
Dalton and Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green are on a roll. Dalton has topped the 300-yard mark in yards passing in four straight games and Green can set a team record Sunday with his fifth consecutive game of at least 100 yards receiving. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who doesn’t often praise the opposition, said of Dalton: “He’s one of the best in the game. His record says it and his numbers say it.” Dalton’s run of 300-yard games is a franchise record, and he’s on pace to break Carson Palmer’s single-season record of 4,131 yards passing (2009).

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