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

December 30, 2010|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

1. Joe Flacco protects the ball. He tied a career high with four interceptions against the Bengals earlier this year. Since then, Flacco has thrown four interceptions in his past 13 games.

2. Stop Bengals' running game. Cedric Benson has the worst yards-per-carry average (3.5) among the top 35 rushers in the NFL. But Benson had two 100-yard rushing games against Ravens last season.

3. Finish strong. The Ravens have scored only one second-half touchdown in the past six games. The Bengals have allowed 126 points in the fourth quarter, the most they've given up in any quarter.

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