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Mike Preston's key matchups for Ravens at Bengals

Cincinnati defensive end Carlos Dunlap slams Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to the turf during their game last season at Paul Brown Stadium, where they meet again Sunday.
Cincinnati defensive end Carlos Dunlap slams Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to the turf during their game last season at Paul Brown Stadium, where they meet again Sunday. (John Grieshop / Getty Images)

Bengals S George Iloka vs Ravens QB Joe Flacco: Flacco has struggled against the Bengals in Cincinnati, and he'll try to hit passes over the middle behind the linebackers and in front of Iloka. Iloka has two interceptions this season and has broken up five passes. Opposing teams are attacking Bengals linebackers because the group has been ravaged by injuries. Iloka will be lurking all over the field. Edge: Ravens

Bengals DT Geno Atkins vs. Ravens RG Marshal Yanda: Atkins had an ACL tear and knee surgery last season. Sometimes, recovering from that takes two years before a player's back to 100 percent. Atkins isn't at 100 percent and has just seven total tackles this season. The Bengals ae allowing 146.3 yards rushing per game. Yanda struggled with a shoulder injury last season but is playing extremely well this season. If he can get movement in the middle against Atkins, the Ravens win a major battle and improve their chances of winning the game. Edge: Ravens

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Bengals LDE Carlos Dunlap vs Ravens RT Rick Wagner: The Ravens bring out the best in Dunlap, who has six sacks in his past seven games against the team. Wagner, in his second season, has been a surprise for the Ravens this season with his solid play. He has given up only one sack this season, and that was to Dunlap in the season opener. Dunlap has 26 tackles this season, four of those sacks. Edge: Bengals

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