Players to Watch: Cedric Benson/Bernard Scott. Cincinnati could have some success running the ball against Baltimore, considering Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch had a solid game last weekend. As many noted in the Steelers game, the running back rotation of Benson and Scott might be unpopular with Benson, but it’s rather effective. It would have been interesting to see how the Pittsburgh game would have turned out if Cincy had stayed with the run instead of letting Andy Dalton throw that costly interception to William Gay. Regardless, it’s hard to imagine the Bengals winning on the road if Benson and Scott can’t gain consistent yards and control the tempo of the game.
How the Bengals can win: First off, having A.J. Green, Arcade Game Jones, and Carlos Dunlap on the field would help. Secondly, the team needs to follow the running game and mistake-free formula that has proven effective all season. Carson Palmer carved up Baltimore in one of his last games as a Bengal and sluggish Seattle scored a lot last week so the Ravens defense is far from impenetrable. It’d be nice to see a huge rushing total and solid performances from both Benson and Scott, taking some pressure off Dalton in what is certain to be a hostile situation. It’d also be nice if the receivers would make a few more plays than last week, when they didn’t do much to help their rookie quarterback. I hate to say it, but I give Baltimore the edge in this game because of their desperation if nothing else. Fortunately, Cincinnati has the second meeting, the season finale, at home. And it’s that game that could prove pivotal for the playoffs.