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Make no mistake, Cincinnati bringing in combustible wideout Terrell Owens is risky business, and it's an endeavor Ravens fans should keep a close eye on.

The addition of Owens' speed and talent -- yes, he still has some of it -- will make the Bengals offense more explosive. Owens can be a solid second receiver, and he will continue to create mismatches in the red zone. (Getting anything out of injured receiver Antonio Bryant will be a bonus.)

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But if things don't go well for the Bengals early -- and Owens isn't happy about losing touches to buddy Chad Ochocinco and running back Cedric Benson -- this partnership could blow up in a hurry.

It's a boom-or-bust scenario. And for football fans without a rooting interest in this situation, it's going to be a lot of fun to watch -- more fun than Ochocinco's and Owens' VH1 reality shows, at least.

The Ravens are still the team to beat in the AFC North. But if the Ravens don't get that pass rush straightened out, their shaky secondary will have issues chasing Chad Ochocinco and Owens around when they meet this season.

The Bengals have closed the gap in terms of talent. Now let's see if they can keep it together for a second straight season -- something they've had trouble doing in the past -- and challenge the Ravens (and Steelers) for the AFC North title.

Bonus: Here's a video of Ochocinco's awkward interview with ESPN's Brian Kenny:

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