3 Things

November 28, 2008|By Jamison Hensley

THREE THINGS THAT NEED TO GO RIGHT ...

1

Get off to a fast start. The Ravens have to end any notion of an upset quickly. The Ravens are 5-1 when leading at halftime.

2

The offensive line holds up. The starters have helped the Ravens by playing through pain. The offense would look a lot different if backups Chad Slaughter and David Hale had to be pressed into extended action.

3

Pressure Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bengals quarterback has been sacked 29 times in eight games. The Ravens haven't recorded more than two sacks in their past four games.

... AND THREE THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG

1

Turnovers even the playing field. The Ravens are the more talented team, but turnovers can change the outcome of any game. Since Marvin Lewis took over in 2003, the Bengals are tied for the most turnovers forced (186).

2

The running game gets grounded. While the Bengals have the 24th-ranked run defense, they have played better recently. In its past two home games, Cincinnati has given up 68 rushing yards each time.

3

The Ravens fail to contain T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The Bengals' leading receiver has really hurt the Ravens over the years. In 12 career games against them, Houshmandzadeh has averaged 6.1 catches for 76.9 yards. He has scored six touchdowns.

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