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By Edward Lee | December 29, 2012
If the Ravens wish to leave Cincinnati with their 11th win of the season and a hope of leapfrogging the New England Patriots for the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs, they need to find a way to neutralize Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins. In just his third year in the NFL, the 6-foot, 300-pound defensive tackle leads all interior linemen in sacks with 13, which ranks fifth in the league behind the likes of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (20½ sacks), San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (19½)
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Mike Preston | September 15, 2014
Congratulations to Cleveland Browns fans. They finally have a competitive team back in the National Football League. The Browns were on that level in December 2002, the last time they went to the playoffs. Of course, they lost in the first round to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but after two weeks of the 2014 season, Cleveland is making the AFC North race interesting. The Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) are still the favorite to repeat as division champions, but the other three teams - Ravens, Browns, Steelers - have split their first two games.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals were dealt a crushing blow last week with the news that $55 million defensive tackle Geno Atkins had been lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Although the Bengals remain atop the AFC North with a two-game lead over the Ravens, the impact of not having a disruptive interior force such as Atkins will likely have a hefty impact on their outlook. Atkins is regarded as a linchpin, leading the defense with six sacks after topping all NFL interior linemen with 12.5 sacks last season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2014
PASSING RAVENS: This will be Joe Flacco's 13th game against the Bengals, but the quarterback will present Cincinnati with a different look. In Gary Kubiak's offense, Flacco will use more play-action and try to get the ball out quicker. It should help him limit mistakes, which he often has made against the Bengals, who have 15 interceptions against him. Flacco has more weapons than ever before, and the Bengals will provide a good test of how much the Ravens passing game has progressed.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. * CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco says the Bengals will win, 23-20, because the Ravens offensive line isn't good enough to stop the Bengals' defensive front. The Ravens might be playing for their playoff lives here. The Bengals, though, are playing consecutive road games. And they will be without Geno Atkins the rest of the way. But that Ravens offensive line isn't good. The Bengals front is good.
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By Edward Lee | December 26, 2012
When the Ravens visit Paul Brown Stadium Sunday, they will serve as a visible reminder of the Cincinnati Bengals' worst loss of the season. The Ravens walloped the Bengals, 44-13, in the first of two Monday night games on Sept. 10, one of two times this season that Cincinnati lost by 10 points or more. (The Cleveland Browns beat the Bengals, 34-24, on Oct. 21.) The 31-point rout was Cincinnati's worst result since Jan. 3, 2010 when the New York Jets beat them 37-0. That's why defensive tackle Geno Atkins didn't disagree with the notion that the 9-6 Bengals owe the 10-5 Ravens one. “Oh yeah,” Atkins said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he's dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn't mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it. Kubiak was 8-2 in seven seasons as the Houston Texans' head coach against the Ravens' AFC North rivals, including five wins against the Bengals, against whom the Ravens open their season on Sunday. This deserves all the usual qualifiers, including how Kubiak's system stalled out last year in Houston and how much the Bengals defense has improved since he last played them.
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By Matt Vensel | July 1, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens are the back-to-back AFC North champions, but this year, the Cincinnati Bengals are the team many NFL talking heads believe will challenge the Ravens' reign. The Bengals have drafted well, especially on offense, where Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are one of the NFL's top quarterback-receiver tandems.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I will enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Josh Kirkendall, who blogs about the Bengals for Cincy Jungle . MV: The Bengals are no longer the Bungles, having gone to the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in decades. With a big cushion in the AFC North, they are poised to make it three in a row this season.
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Mike Preston | October 21, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals are starting to assert themselves in the AFC North, and that's scary. They usually falter sometime during the season when they lose two or three consecutive games, but that isn't happening in Cincinnati. Instead, it has happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and now Baltimore, where the Ravens have lost two straight. The Bengals (5-2) have a two game lead over the Ravens (3-4) and they appear to be getting better. The Ravens? They are mired in inconsistency and struggling.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he's dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn't mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it. Kubiak was 8-2 in seven seasons as the Houston Texans' head coach against the Ravens' AFC North rivals, including five wins against the Bengals, against whom the Ravens open their season on Sunday. This deserves all the usual qualifiers, including how Kubiak's system stalled out last year in Houston and how much the Bengals defense has improved since he last played them.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I will enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Lindsay Patterson, who covers the Bengals for ESPN 1530 in Cincinnati . MV: Outside of that dud against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago, the Bengals have been on a roll since their overtime loss to the Ravens in Week 10. What clicked for the new AFC North champs?
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The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. * CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco says the Bengals will win, 23-20, because the Ravens offensive line isn't good enough to stop the Bengals' defensive front. The Ravens might be playing for their playoff lives here. The Bengals, though, are playing consecutive road games. And they will be without Geno Atkins the rest of the way. But that Ravens offensive line isn't good. The Bengals front is good.
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By Matt Vensel | November 5, 2013
Dolphins 22, Bengals 20 Strategy: The Bengals want to be balanced offensively. They run a single-back offense and often use two tight ends to create mismatches. They use 2013 first-round pick Tyler Eifert all over the formation while Jermaine Gresham is usually a traditional in-line tight end. They have a rhythm passing game with quarterback Andy Dalton taking shorter drops to get the ball out quickly. The Bengals run a 4-3 base defense and keep opposing quarterbacks on their toes with a variety of looks, blitzing on one play and dropping seven men into zone coverage on the next.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals were dealt a crushing blow last week with the news that $55 million defensive tackle Geno Atkins had been lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Although the Bengals remain atop the AFC North with a two-game lead over the Ravens, the impact of not having a disruptive interior force such as Atkins will likely have a hefty impact on their outlook. Atkins is regarded as a linchpin, leading the defense with six sacks after topping all NFL interior linemen with 12.5 sacks last season.
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Mike Preston | October 21, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals are starting to assert themselves in the AFC North, and that's scary. They usually falter sometime during the season when they lose two or three consecutive games, but that isn't happening in Cincinnati. Instead, it has happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and now Baltimore, where the Ravens have lost two straight. The Bengals (5-2) have a two game lead over the Ravens (3-4) and they appear to be getting better. The Ravens? They are mired in inconsistency and struggling.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2012
Hours before being named to his second Pro Bowl in as many years, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins took a moment to reflect on his first trip to the star-studded event in Hawaii. After completing a sophomore season that included tying Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly for the most sacks by an interior lineman and returning one fumble for a touchdown, Atkins was looking forward to basking in the sun and the spotlight that accompanies being named one of the top players in the NFL. But long before he was to go, his coach gave him an assignment.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
Those old jokes about Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown supposedly being a miser too cheap to spend what it takes to win no longer seem to apply. Brown has spent a lot of money expanding his scouting department in recent years, and he made another hefty investment this week. The old-school, hands-on owner rewarded Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins with a five-year contract extension worth $54.755 million, including a $15 million signing bonus, making him the second-highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history behind Ravens Pro Bowl lineman Haloti Ngata . Atkins is regarded as the scourge of the AFC North, shooting gaps and bull-rushing blockers to set a franchise record with 12.5 sacks to go with 15 tackles for losses and four forced fumbles last season.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Brian Hoyer grew up rooting for the Cleveland Browns as a young boy, wearing a Bernie Kosar jersey while sitting in the upper deck of old Municipal Stadium with his father. Now Hoyer is the Browns' starting quarterback with starter Brandon Weeden ruled out for the second game in a row because of a sprained right thumb suffered during a loss two weeks ago to the Ravens. These are heady times for Hoyer, a Cleveland St. Ignatius graduate preparing for his second NFL start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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