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4. What's the plan for defending Giovani Bernard?

Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard is one of the most elusive newcomers in the NFL. He already has 1,135 yards from scrimmage (673 rushing yards and 463 receiving yards on 51 receptions). In the Bengals' Nov. 10 meeting with the Ravens, Bernard had an 18-yard touchdown catch on a screen pass. On Sunday, the Ravens could have safeties Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo keep an eye on Bernard out of the backfield or use rookie linebacker Arthur Brown in the nickel package to help limit the rookie's impact. "It's like when he gets the ball out in open space, it's like playing punt return — anything can happen," Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "When he gets through the line of scrimmage, that's the scary part. You've got to do a great job of setting the edge on him, or he'll take the edge. Then, what you've got to do is, everybody has got to corral him. Everybody is at the point of attack. "Every time that he touches that ball, he can take it anywhere. BenJarvus [Green-Ellis] is more of a downhill [runner], knows the value of a yard, [is] going to thump you. He'll spin, too, and do some things, but the other guy [Bernard], it's no holds barred. He's going to go any way he can go."
Christopher T. Assaf / Baltimore Sun
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