November 4, 2012
With running backs Darren McFadden (455 yards) and Mike Goodson out with high-ankle sprains, it's unlikely that third-string back Taiwan Jones will have a hefty workload. He's a speed merchant, but is unproven after excelling at the small-school level.
So, it's the Ravens' defense against an old nemesis: former Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer.
Palmer is coming off a 414-yard game against the Buccaneers where he threw four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Palmer lacks the zip he used to have on his spirals, but can still get distance on the deep ball and is accurate and smart. He's got two burners outside in former Maryland standout Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore. And he's got no running game to lean on Sunday. So expect Palmer to try to air it out and watch for Heyward-Bey and Moore on fly patterns against cornerbacks Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith.