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October 16, 2011
The Seahawks Marshawn Lynch last Sunday became the second running back this season to rush for over 100 yards against the Ravens, but he needed 32 carries to do it. Cedric Benson, the Bengals physical workhorse back, has rushed for over 100 yards against the Ravens twice in six career games, both in 2009. Over his last five games against the Ravens, Benson is averaging 3.3 yards per carry with two touchdowns. Hes currently seventh in the AFC and 14th in the NFL with 593 rushing yards. Overall, the Bengals are 20th in the NFL in rushing, averaging 104.7 yards per game. The Ravens run defense is surrendering only 90.3 yards per game, tied for third in the NFL. While Seattle racked up 119 yards on the ground, they averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. The Ravens have surrendered four rushing touchdowns all season, but theyve allowed one in three consecutive games. The question here is what the Ravens will do if defensive leader Ray Lewis does not play — as expected — because of a toe injury. Dannell Ellerbe and Brendon Ayanbadejo could see much more prominent roles.