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Outspoken Ochocinco turns down the volume

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is as outspoken as any personality in the NFL, but he seem muzzled during his seven-minute teleconference with Baltimore media Wednesday morning.

On three occasions, Ochocinco turned down opportunities to elaborate on his Twitter banter with Ravens running back Willis McGahee and fullback Le'Ron McClain Tuesday.

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The first time he was asked about popularizing Twitter, Ochocinco said, "I want to talk about this game, not Twitter."

Asked if Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and/or the league had spoken to him about his exchanges with McGahee and McClain, Ochocinco replied, "I want to talk about football, not Twitter."

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Reminded that he had been the one to initiate the back-and-forth, Ochocinco said, "I want to talk about football. There's a game Sunday."

Finally, asked if he intentionally pokes Ravens players out of love, he said, "No, I don't. I do it out of fear."

Other thoughts:

*Ochocinco said every season, he eagerly anticipates his team's upcoming match-up with the Ravens. "The only game I really get excited for is against the Ravens," he said. "I don't know why." Asked to elaborate, Ochocinco said, "It's something about playing the Ravens, it's like an extra oomph. I don't know."

*Ochocinco wasn't very talkative on the topic of re-acquainting himself for former teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who is now a wide receiver with the Ravens. "I look forward to catching up with him," Ochocinco said.

*Ochocinco said he hasn't forgotten the jarring hit that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis laid on him in the Bengals' 17-14 win on Oct. 11 in Baltimore. "I'm looking forward to taking his head off this time," Ochocinco said.

*Ochocinco was impressed with the Ravens defense's performance in the team's 10-9 season-opening win against the New York Jets Monday night. "They were flying all over the ball," he said. "It seems like they have more than 11 people on the field."

*Ochocinco emphasized the importance of jumping out to a fast and early start against the Ravens after Cincinnati trailed, 24-3, in the first half of an eventual 38-24 loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday. "We have to maximize our opportunities and come away with a win," he said.

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