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In a way, the Ravens game against the Bengals is a statement game, at least for me. It's not just about a win or a loss, but if the Ravens can slow Cincinnati's passing game. If they can, then that means the Ravens secondary has picked up where it left off at the end of last season because the Ravens would have corralled two of the league's best receivers in Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.

But more importantly, it shows the Ravens can possibly beat the Indianapolis Colts. We can all talk about the AFC North title, how the Bengals beat the Ravens twice last season and the season-opening win against the Jets, but the road to the Super Bowl, at least for the Ravens, runs through Indianapolis.

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The Colts have owned the Ravens, and the Ravens should put a bulls eye on the back of that franchise. The franchise is run well; the Colts draft well; they play good, disciplined football without a lot of trash talking. And they own the Ravens. That's the benchmark for this team. Not the Bengals. Not the Steelers. This team has to find a way to beat the Colts, and if the Ravens can slow Cincy Sunday, then they might be on to some thing really special.

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