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Believe it or not, there are some positives to take away from the Ravens' frustrating 15-10 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. Unfortunately, none of them are on the offensive side of the ball, the area in which Ravens fans are looking for reassurance.

Here are three silver linings from the stormy loss in Cincinnati:

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1. The Ravens finally stuffed Cedric Benson. The Cincinnati running back had it going in the first quarter, picking up 34 yards on seven carries by patiently setting up blocks then powering forward. But as the game progressed, the Ravens stacked up the inside -- Ray Lewis had 10 tackles and Haloti Ngata had eight -- and they stopped overpursuing when Benson ran to the outside. After hitting the century mark against the Ravens twice in 2009, Benson was limited to 78 yards on 23 carries.

2. The secondary passed another test. Six days after shutting down the Jets' passing attack, the Ravens never gave Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer a chance to get into a rhythm with Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. The secondary did a good job locking those two down, and for whatever reason, Palmer kept trying to force passes to them instead of looking for his other targets.

(Sidenote: Mark Sanchez threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns against the Patriots on Sunday, so maybe the Ravens defense deserves even more credit for its performance on Monday night.)

3. The pass rush got better as the game went on. After a sluggish start, the Ravens' pass rush got good pressure on Palmer, sacking him once and hitting him seven times. Terrell Suggs was especially impressive. He had four tackles and hurried Palmer on a few occasions, and he laid a hard, legal hit on Palmer that was erroneously flagged by the officials. Suggs only has a half sack through two games, but trust me, they're coming.

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