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Ravens: Three Bengals players to watch Sunday

QB Andy Dalton

- Dalton is playing the best football of his career. He struggled during the Bengals' loss to the Dolphins last week and had three interceptions during that game, but he threw 11 touchdowns with just two interceptions in the three games before that and threw for 325 yards or more in each of those three games. He isn't a star by any means, but he's on pace to throw for 4,599 yards and is a primary reason Cincinnati is 6-3 and leading the AFC North.

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WR A.J. Green

- Green is maybe the best wide receiver in the NFL not named Calvin Johnson. Like Johnson, he's just a playmaker. He's tall at 6-foot-4. He can jump. He has great hands and consistently makes difficult, contested catches down the field. He's gotten faster. And he's also improved as a route runner. As Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said of Green, "he has all the tools." He leads the NFL with 862 receiving yards.

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OLB Vontaze Burfict

- Burfict dropped down draft boards leading up to the NFL draft last year because of character concerns, a poor showing at the NFL Scouting Combine and a disappointing final season at Arizona State. But he made the Bengals as an undrafted free agent last year, won a starting job and has 217 tackles in 25 games for Cincinnati. He led the team with 127 tackles last season and has a team-high 90 tackles this year.


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