Can Cincinnati derail Baltimore's championship hopes? Pat Mcmanamon and Zac Jackson prattle on about it in this weeks' idle chatter.
What do the Bengals have to do best to beat Baltimore?
Jackson: Get big days from their best players. That's kind of a vague answer, so specifically let's go with feed A.J. Green. Andy Dalton threw for 373 on Baltimore in the first meeting without Green, who's clearly a game-changer. The Ravens want to hit Dalton and confuse him with varied fronts, so Ced Benson needs to run well to keep them honest, Jermaine Gresham needs to be a threat to keep Ed Reed from shading to Green's side and Dalton needs to take care of the football. Here's a hunch that a big play from Gresham or Green wins it.
McManamon: Pretty fundamental: Stop the run and play defense. As well as Andy Dalton has played as a rookie, the Bengals underrated defense has to win this game. To do that, it must limit Ray Rice and force the Ravens to throw. That way they can tee off on Joe Flacco ...