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Ravens again troubled by 4-3 defensive alignment

Ravens again troubled by 4-3 defensive alignment

Like a bad headache that had returned, running back Ray Rice identified at least part of the Ravens' offensive dilemma Sunday. It was Tennessee's tenacious 4-3 defense.

The problem lies not only in the way the Titans played their defense, but the mere fact that it is not a defense the Ravens see often.

"It's been problematic for us for some time," Rice said after the Ravens' 26-13 defeat. "Cincinnati runs a 4-3. That's one of those things where you have to execute.

"I mean, it's not the structure, it's just how it's run. You have to execute against it. Sometimes against a 4-3 team, you have to nickel and dime" your way down the...