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Ravens defense held it down in the first half

The Ravens offense still hasn't figured out the Bengals defense. The Ravens mustered just six points in the first half -- courtesy of two Billy Cundiff field goals -- and committed a pair of turnovers. Their performance was reminiscent of their 15-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 2.

But Baltimore leads, 6-0, thanks to the play of the defense. Ed Reed has picked off Carson Palmer twice, and Chris Carr forced wide receiver Jerome Simpson to fumble in the second quarter. That unit has been lights-out, but fatigue could be a factor if the offense continues to stall.

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Then again, it might be a moot point. In eastern Ohio, the Steelers lead the Browns, 31-3, at halftime, and the Steelers appear to have the division locked up. Now it's not a question of if, but when the Ravens will sit down starters. With the game tight, they might not do a full-scale line change. We will see them pull select veterans and guys with injuries in the second half, though.

I think they need to leave the offense in the game until it figures out this defense. It's imperative that the Baltimore offense builds momentum heading into the playoffs. Do you agree with me?

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