Ravens Vs. Bengals

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M&t Bank Stadium, 1 P.m., Ch. 13

December 05, 2004

INSIDE SLANT

George Kokinis, the Ravens' pro personnel director, sizes up the Bengals:

Strength of offense

Right side of the offensive line. There's a lot of meat with right guard Bobbie Williams (330 pounds) and right tackle Willie Anderson (340). The field tilts a little bit with them. But they move pretty well and come off the ball strong. Last week against Cleveland, they opened some nice lanes for running back Rudi Johnson. They do as solid of a job in the passing game, too, which allows Cincinnati to be balanced.

Strength of defense

Free safety Madieu Williams. The rookie from Maryland was a cornerback at the beginning of the season before switching to safety because of injuries. So, he is a safety with corner abilities. From a coverage standpoint, he has good range in the middle of the field. He has great aggressiveness to the football, both against the pass and against the run.

Key matchup

Ravens safety Ed Reed vs. Bengals tight ends. Cincinnati likes to pressure the middle of the field because it knows a lot of the concentration will be on its outside receivers. All of the Bengals' tight ends have catching ability, particularly Matt Schobel (13 receptions, 151 yards, two touchdowns). They all have enough speed to get downfield, so they can be threats. Reed, who leads the Ravens with six interceptions and 12 passes broken up, has been a great playmaker.

STARTING LINEUPS

Ravens offense

WR 89 Travis Taylor

LT 75 Jonathan Ogden

LG 64 Edwin Mulitalo

C 61 Casey Rabach

RG 62 Mike Flynn

RT 77 Ethan Brooks

TE 82 Terry Jones

WR 84 Clarence Moore

QB 7 Kyle Boller

RB 29 Chester Taylor

FB 39 Alan Ricard

Ravens defense

LE 98 Tony Weaver

NT 97 Kelly Gregg

RE 94 Marques Douglas

OLB 55 Terrell Suggs

ILB 56 Ed Hartwell

ILB 52 Ray Lewis

OLB 96 Adalius Thomas

CB 28 Gary Baxter

CB 21 Chris McAlister

SS 20 Ed Reed

FS 47 Will Demps

Bengals offense

WR 85 Chad Johnson

LT 76 Levi Jones

LG 65 Eric Steinbach

C 74 Rich Braham

RG 63 Bobbie Williams

RT 71 Willie Anderson

TE 82 Reggie Kelly

WR 84 T.J. Housh-mandzadeh

QB 9 Carson Palmer

RB 32 Rudi Johnson

FB 31 Jeremi Johnson

Bengals defense

LE 92 Duane Clemons

LT 97 John Thornton

RT 60 Langston Moore

RE 90 Justin Smith

OLB 51 Kevin Hardy

MLB 59 Landon Johnson

OLB 56 Brian Simmons

CB 24 Deltha O'Neal

CB 20 Tory James

SS 34 Kevin Kaesviharn

FS 40 Madieu Williams

GAME FACTS

Matchup

Records: Ravens 7-4, Bengals 5-6.

Line: Ravens by 6 1/2

Vs. spread: Ravens 8-3, Bengals 4-6-1.

Series: Ravens lead 12-5.

Last meeting: Ravens won, 23-9, on Sept. 26 at Cincinnati.

NFL rankings

Ravens offense: 31st (rush 14th, pass 31st)

Ravens defense: 4th (rush 11th, pass 4th)

Bengals offense: 23rd (rush 16th, pass 20th)

Bengals defense: 23rd (rush 30th, pass 16th)

Ravens injuries

Out: RB Jamal Lewis (ankle).

Doubtful: OT Orlando Brown (knee); CB Deion Sanders (foot); P Dave Zastudil (shoulder).

Questionable: LB Cornell Brown (infection); TE Todd Heap (ankle); CB Chris McAlister (shoulder); RB Alan Ricard (knee); LB Bart Scott (ankle).

Bengals injuries

Out: DT Matthias Askew (knee/injured reserve).

Doubtful: S Rogers Beckett (neck).

Questionable: CB Deltha O'Neal (ankle); RB Chris Perry (abdomen); DE Carl Powell (knee).

Probable: OT Willie Anderson (knee); WR Cliff Russell (head).

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