6 Aspects to Bengals beating the Ravens

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September 10, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) leaps above Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) to catch a second half touchdown at M

  • Pitta Is Back. The Baltimore Ravens have Dennis Pitta back, and he could very well be the X factor for the Ravens offense. The Bengals have struggled with tight ends on and off, but depending on who is playing and who is not, Pitta could create devastating mismatches for the Bengals.
    Pitta has had some decent success against the Bengals and obviously wants to add to his total. The Bengals would be smart to make sure he has an athletic player on him at all times, rather than hope for zone coverage to work.
    One of Pitta’s strengths is finding the soft part in zone coverage, which would certainly create problems for the Bengals. Zimmer must keep a keen eye on Pitta as the game goes on.
  • War of Words. In case you did not know, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees had an interview where he stated the following about the Bengals offense:
    “It isn’t the scheme, it’s their personnel. They do the same thing all the time”.
    Now many Bengal fans have taken issue to this, however he does have a point. So that comment hopefully inspired Jay Gruden to call a heck of a game against the Ravens. The Bengals offense at home has been hot, as they’ve scored 40+ points at home four times.
    Gruden has been questioned lately by analysts on NFL.com and ESPN, so he has a chance to silence some critics, including Pees, this divisional game.
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