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Fearless Prediction: Bengals (3-1) at Ravens (3-1)
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Game Snap;shotKICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
SURFACE: Sportexe Momentum
TV: CBS (Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker)
SERIES: 27th regular-season meeting. Ravens lead series 15-11. The Ravens have lost six of their past nine to the Cincinnati Bengals, but they swept their AFC North rival last season. The combined score last season was 51-13. In their last meeting, the Ravens routed the host Bengals, 34-3. Their offense pounded the ball with running back Le'Ron McClain and attacked downfield with Joe Flacco's big arm, totaling 451 yards. Their defense manhandled the NFL's worst offense, holding Cincinnati to 155 yards (61 off the team record) and six first downs (the second fewest in team history). Ravens coach John Harbaugh called it a "methodical win." Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said it was like getting their "head kicked in." KEYS TO THE GAME: The Bengals' offense has been highly inconsistent within games. The key will be for QB Carson Palmer to start connecting on more deep passes with defenses increasingly focusing on RB Cedric Benson. While the Ravens do have 10 sacks, when they don't get to the passer the secondary has been vulnerable to plays over the top. Cincinnati will still stress the run, but Palmer needs to step up if Baltimore's run defense is dialed in. QB Joe Flacco threw a career-high 47 passes last Sunday, but look for RBs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee to lead the Ravens' offense this week. The Bengals' run defense is sporadic (248 combined yards allowed the past two games), and Baltimore piled up 229 and 147 rushing yards in last year's meetings. Rookie OT Michael Oher is likely to move to the left side to replace Jared Gaither. FAST FACTS: The Ravens have allowed an average of 10.7 points in their past 10 home games. ... Cincinnati (17) and Baltimore (15) rank first and third in the NFL in most receptions allowed of 20-plus yards.