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Bengals not worried about being 'dogs against Ravens

Even though the Cincinnati Bengals won the first meeting and get to stay home and play host to the Ravens this Sunday, the Ravens are three-point favorites.

Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said he was unaware of what could be perceived as a major slight.

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"Well, I didn't know I was an underdog, so it doesn't matter what we are," he said Wednesday. "We've just got to play. We have a nine-game season and our first week is this week against the Ravens, and what counts is this game. This one counts, and all the other stuff is peripheral. It's good for people to talk about, but when you come out there on Sunday the team that executes, runs and tackles and takes care of the football will win the football game."

Quarterback Carson Palmer pointed out that this current Bengals squad that is tied for the AFC North lead with a 5-2 record went 4-11-1 last season.

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"When you win four games the year before, people don't expect you to be on top of your division, and to beat a team that went to the AFC Championship game last year, back-to-back times," Palmer said. "I'm sure that has something to do with it. But I could care less whether we're overlooked or underlooked. At the end of the year, if you're playing in the Super Bowl, people think you're pretty good. And you are pretty good if you make it that far. That's our goal."

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