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[News] Ravens vs. Bengals Game Preview: Focus On Finishing Strong

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With the playoffs looming, the Ravens still want to end the regular season on a high note.

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Birk - Atkins : i think Atkins will win that matchup.
Cary - AJ : I just hope Cary doesnt blow this one & allow over 100YDS
RB's - Burfict : I really hoped Burfict would be a Raven but, hes not .. but itll be interesting
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1. Ithink some starters should be rested
2. We need Ray to have big games from tomorrow til' the SuperBowl
3. Like Ray the offense needs to stay hot until' the superbowl.. It starts with the OL
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[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]Starters need to reach their milestones as quickly as possible and then ride the bench. Back-ups should play the second half. I don't see any reason for us to kill ourselves trying to win a meaningless ballgame, but our starters should play at least a half.[/i][/font]
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Reaching a milestone sounds great, but what if a starter or even two goes down and gets injured? I recommend not playing the what-if game, and rest players for the playoffs.
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Dont try to make the bungles look to bad, so just let Joe play with the "Next Man Ups" and let them get some snaps! Pierce, Allen, yes I said Allen, Doss, Williams, Thompson etc! "Conceited Im Not but Convinced I Am"! Caldwell got me PUMPED!
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Approach the game as a last preseason contest. If past is precedence then the Raven's should come out smoking, as they did in their first game against the Bengals this year.Might be wishful thinking but it's worth a try.
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Come out guns-a-blazing and grab an early big lead ...

Then rest everyone and put in 2nd & 3rd string players
for clean-up duty to get some real live playing time
against the opposing starters!

Just win baby!
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Just get the win to keep the momentum alive! GO RAVENS!!! I love how the NFL network is on every other team's jock and the Ravens get no love. Can't wait to hear them when the Ravens take it all!!
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I really couldn't care less what the Ravens do, as far as resting, winning, etc tomorrow. Hope they win,but being as healthy as possible and in the best position to advance in the Playoffs is all that matters, in my opinion. They'll do what's best for the team. What I hope for, is first, a win. Second, that we do get to have some backups see some game action, especially Taylor. If Flacco ever goes down (hope never), Taylor should have some game experience. It's invaluable. We've been beat by a couple backup QB's this year. I hope if the need ever arises for Taylor, he'd be ready. Plus, we'd get to see if he is capable. Only one way to find out....
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Wish we could have picked up Burfict. Upshaw has been very quiet lately.
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Won to play. Play to win. On behalf of Cincinnati Bengals fans everywhere, we welcome the AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens to our sold-out house at Paul Brown Stadium. Let the game begin!
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The Headline: 'Focused On Finishing Strong.' I say the most favorable match-up for us is if we lose to Cincy, this week. Maybe we'll see about what kind of game it is (how it's going) this week, but Cincy would rather play Baltimore than NE. for sure, and NE would rather play Indy than Cincy. Which means, that Cincy wants us to win and NE wants us to win so we'd play Cincy - an easier game for Cincy (then vs. Pats). We should lose, then we'd have the most favoraBULL playoff path: vs. Indy. then vs. Hous. I don't think we want NE.'s path as much, which is Cincy, and then Denv., from what I've heard here. Either way, Cincy (according to the preview video) is 2nd in the league with 47 sacks. I say, welcome to NE 8 days from now, Cincy!
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Just can't wait to watch our Ravens no matter who is out there, I would love to see Doss and Pierce light up the Bungles! (Wink)
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All week I've been concerned about the seeding, potential this and potential that. Bottom line is this:

1. We have a home playoff game and I don't care who it's against
2. We are battle tested and built for this run
3. Even though the Giants game was just one game removed from a 3 game skid, I and I'm sure most Ravens fans can feel this thing coming together
4. Can't wait for tomorrow evening to find out who our first playoff victim will be

Go Ravens !!!
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hey what was rocky manegers favor words when rock was not sure to fight i think he said win right and that is what the ravens are going to do win out right if flacco has his plays in he will get in a rythom and it is lights out stats dont really matter now any way are d has been playing alot better sence the houston game and for them 3 loses in a row it was on joeand he knows that
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should have drafted burfict and when he fell to the 6th rd we should have taken a chance on him. front office dropped the ball on that one as they have with several picks these past few seasons.
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We need to win this game, decisively and early so our starters can get off the field quickly. We need to keep playing at a high level to establish and maintain a winning roll throughout the playoffs into the SB. We need to win this game because I might be there freezing my arse off taking all kinds of abuse from a bunch of drunk obnoxious bungles fans hating on my #52 RAVENS-Lewis jersey!! Hope those free tickets come through; bungles games never sell out!!
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[quote name='The Greek' timestamp='1356834196' post='1282081']
should have drafted burfict and when he fell to the 6th rd we should have taken a chance on him. front office dropped the ball on that one as they have with several picks these past few seasons.
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Time will tell...Pacman Jones was a good draft pick for his first season too. Let's see what a little success, fame & fortune do to him......As an undrafted rookie he can rely strictly on his talent. But I think with his very low football IQ and his laziness, he will be another sad, failed talent story over the long haul.
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I was suprised the ravens didn't take a chance on him in the draft you know he's got the talent. We took a chance on a troubled CB (Jimmy smith) Why not a top 15 prospect linebacker with issues in the 7th round? Ozzie works magic with undrafted linebackers. Mclain,Ellerbee,Bart scott. Ozzie did drop the ball it's a very small risk at a 6th round pick. And at the very worst you can cut him if he's another Pacman jones gone bad.
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To the conqueror worm. Idk if i'd call him stupid and lazy... Apprently he put in a ton of work to start,learn the playbook,study film,not have any huge issues. And pacman jones wasn't good the 1st year he had a ton of issues.
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Remember all those Ravens fans that said Burfict is a slow bust? Look a him now, no off or on the field issues period. He could of easily been a cheap replacement for Ray Lewis in the 7th round.
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i was just going to comment on Burfict lol i told ya so ,i wanted this guy more then anything ,he could ha filled in nicely when ray retired nobody will ver take Rays place But 151 tackles this year is impressive ,i think Rays best was 155 if im correct as a seasons best ,but dont let tackles fool you it can mean u get beat alot in the run game also and for all i know because i dont watch the Bengals he can have alot of non solo tackles ,but from what i have seen of him in college and a few games this year hes the real deal.
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