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Ravens to concentrate on stopping Bengals' Benson

Game could be key to getting back into AFC North lead



By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com

November 5, 2009



Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals' passing attack garner - rightly - a fair amount of attention from opposing defenses and the media.


But when the Ravens visit Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Sunday, the defense will undoubtedly place a good portion of its focus on running back Cedric Benson, who gained 120 yards in the Bengals' 17-14 win over their AFC North rivals on Oct. 11.


"You definitely want to stop the run, so you've got to pay attention to it," free safety Ed Reed said Wednesday. "He's a very capable back. I've been watching Cedric since he was at Texas. He's more than capable. You've got to make sure you know where he's at."


Limiting Benson's production could determine whether the Ravens split the season series with Cincinnati and claw their way back to the top of the division or fall two games behind the Bengals with a pair of dates coming against the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.


Benson's play in the first contest between these two teams at M&T Bank Stadium was significant: He became the first opposing rusher in 40 games to post 100 yards against the Ravens.




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