Three things that need to go right for the Ravens vs. Bengals

September 16, 2010|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

1. Pressure Carson Palmer up the middle. The Bengals quarterback has recorded a career 87.7 quarterback rating against the Ravens because he has been able to sit in the pocket. The Ravens need to force him to move by blitzing up the middle.

2. Win field-position battle in the return game. Ravens punt returner Tom Zbikowski has to rebound from Monday night's disappointing performance, and kickoff returner Jalen Parmele has to the chance for some big plays against Cincinnati, which allowed a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the opener.

3. Get Ray Rice on track. The Ravens running back wasn't a factor in the season-opening win at the New York Jets. In four games against the Bengals, Rice has been a multi-purpose threat, averaging 55.5 yards rushing and 48.5 yards receiving.

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