Inside slant for Ravens against the Bengals

When the Ravens have the football <P> Anticipate a steady diet of Jamal Lewis runs with offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh continuing to implement a few intermediate throws for rookie quarterback Kyle Boller.

More creative red-zone schemes to counteract stacked defenders could improve the situation. Of course, the offensive mantra will remain: run first, pass second.

Key matchup

WR Travis Taylor vs. CBs Jeff Burris and Tory James This could be the day that Taylor puts it all together as these so-called cover guys can definitely be picked on.

Inside slant

When the Bengals have the football

Because Pro Bowl runner Corey Dillon is listed as questionable with a nagging groin pull, an anemic running game probably won't gain any relief.

Especially, not against the Ravens' aggressive front seven. Chad Johnson is a talkative receiver,but Keyshawn Johnson's cousin has the speed and hands to back up his loud mouth.

Key matchup

SS Ed Reed vs. QB Jon Kitna

Reed has a history of reading Kitna's eyes and capitalizing on the strong-armed passer's mistakes.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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