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October 16, 2011
Much has been made during the week of Ravens quarterback Joe Flaccos struggles against the Bengals and their Cover 2 defense. In six career games against the Bengals, Flacco has averaged 178.2 yards in the air, thrown four touchdown passes to nine interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 62.3. No team has given him more issues. But two of the major culprits over the years wont be on the field for the Bengals. Johnathan Joseph is now on the Houston Texans and his former cornerback partner, Leon Hall, tore his Achilles last Sunday and is out for the season. In their place, Nate Clements (above) and Kelly Jennings will match up against Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, and potentially Lee Evans if he plays. Cincinnati is seventh in the NFL with 25 sacks and 12 different players have gotten into the act, led by Geno Atkins (4 1/2 sacks) and Carlos Dunlap (20 quarterback pressures). The Ravens offensive line did a commendable job last Sunday, allowing only one sack despite Flacco throwing the ball 52 times. The Ravens passing attack is ranked 11th in the NFL, averaging 241.7 yards per game.