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Match-Up: Cincinnati @ Baltimore

WEEK 1 MATCH-UP: CINCINNATI @ BALTIMORE

Monday Night Football

Game one of the 2012 season and it takes place on home turf.  Last year the Ravens swept the AFC North. Divisional match-ups are always important and provide a tough game. Been a long time since Baltimore had a home Monday Night Football game, and the Ravens should take advantage of the home season opener.


CHALK IT UP:

RAVENS OFFENSIVE LINE VS. BENGALS D-LINE

The Bengals had much success last year with their front four pressure.  Those that do NFL betting know that the Ravens have had to make some adjustments to counter Ben Grubbs leaving to free agency. Key to this game is how the offensive line dictates protection. A healthy dose of Ray Rice will be important in order to establish the  passing game. The Ravens are using a ‘hurry up’ type of offense.  DT/DE Geno Atkins and company have shown to be a formidable foe in recent years.

RAVENS RECEIVERS VS. BENGALS SECONDARY

WR Torrey Smith will look to continue his success from his rookie campaign. Along with Anquan Boldin and new receiver Jacoby Jones, Flacco has plenty of options.  At this point in the season Cincinnati’s secondary is not quite up to full strength; Leon Hall and Nate Clements are back as the starters, but Adam Jones, Jason Allen and Dre Kirkpatrick  (top draft pick) have barely played during the preseason. Cincinnati finished 9thin passing yards (211 yds per game) allowed in 2011.

RAVENS RUN D VS:  BENGALS RB’S

The running game will be a question mark for the 2012 Bengals. The team did not resign Cedric Benson, instead they signed BenJarvis Green-Ellis.  Bernard Scott will most likely miss this game with a hand injury.  Led by Ray Lewis, the run defense was ranked second in yards allowed (92.6) in 2011.

RAVENS DEFENSE VS. QB BENGALS O-LINE/ANDY DALTON

Cincinnati’s QB Andy Dalton is a year stronger and the team added new weapons in the draft.  How well will the defense respond without Suggs?  Look for OLB Albert McCllelan and OLB Paul Kruger off the edge. Cincinnati’s offensive line will not have their starting center or starting guard. Big test for Dan Pees, Def. Coordinator, because he has to find ways to create pressure this season.

RAVENS SECONDARY VS. BENGALS RECEIVERS

WR A.J. Green can take the top off the defense. Bottom line is if the Ravens secondary must contain–bracketing or double teams. Look for Ed Reed to be paying close attention.  Cincinnati drafted Mohamed Sanu and TE Jermaine Gresham is another key element to the Bengals passing game.



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