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BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson doesn’t recall many of the details of his first NFL start for the Baltimore Ravens Cheap Tyler Eifert Jersey , except perhaps for the most important facet of that impressive performance against the Cincinnati Bengals last November.“I remember us winning the game. That was pretty cool,” he said. “That’s all I need to remember.”Taking over for injured quarterback Joe Flacco, Jackson carried 26 times for 119 yards and went 13 for 19 for 150 yards passing in a 24-21 victory. While he has no need to duplicate those lofty numbers in the rematch Sunday, the 2016 Heisman Trophy cited one task worth repeating.Article continues below ...“The year, the same result,” Jackson said.Jackson and the Ravens (3-2) are well equipped to do it again. With a slippery quarterback and a run-first offense, Baltimore faces a winless Cincinnati team that ranks 31st against the rush and last week allowed Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray to ramble for 93 yards.That bodes well for Jackson, who’s thrown for 11 touchdowns and has run for 308 yards and a score.“You’ve got to respect him throwing the ball and know what he can do running the ball,” Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “You’ve got to honor both of them, and last week we didn’t do a good enough job against Kyler, so they’re going to try to exploit that, too.”It’s been a rough start for the Bengals (0-5) under first-year coach Zac Taylor, whose mantra this week is: “What can we do to ramp it up a notch and get this first win?”Getting healthy would help. Wide receiver A.J. Green has been sidelined since training camp with an ankle injury, and another deep threat, John Ross III, is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. In addition, first-round pick Jonah Williams, an offensive tackle, underwent shoulder surgery in June and backup Cordy Glenn has yet to play because of a concussion.Some things to know about Sunday’s matchup:CLOSE CALLSNot only is the series tied at 23 wins apiece Cheap Cordy Glenn Jersey , but the last six games in Baltimore have been decided by seven points or fewer. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is 10-12 against Cincinnati, so he’s taking nothing for granted in this duel between teams on the opposite ends of the division.“They’ve had our number a number of times, and it’ll be a physical AFC North battle,” he insisted. “Andy Dalton is a proven quarterback in this league. He can play. He can make plays at any time. They have a great running back (Joe Mixon), physical offensive line in the run game and proven players on defense, too. So, we just expect their best, and we have to play our best to win.”LINE SHUFFLEThe Bengals expect to have yet another new look on the offensive line.Glenn is doubtful despite seeing limited duty at practice this week, and left tackle Andre Smith was wearing a protective boot after hurting his left ankle against Arizona. Guards John Jerry and guard Alex Redmond worked out at tackle during the week, just in case. Redmond is returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.Also, backup center Billy Price is expected to start at left guard in place of rookie Michael Jordan, who has struggled.SACK ATTACKJackson was sacked five times by Pittsburgh last week after getting sacked four times one week earlier against Cleveland.“I just have to do a better job of getting out,” he said. “I’m not trying to set sack records for our offensive line.”The good news for Jackson is that Cincinnati has had little success getting at the quarterback, accumulating only six sacks in five games.Murray came in as the most-sacked quarterback in the league but was dropped only once Sunday, and his 24-yard run through the heart of the defense set up the winning field goal.OH NO (WINS) IN 2019The Bengals are 0-5 for the seventh time since 1990, the most in the league over that span. The last time they went 0-5 was 2008, when they dropped their first eight games under Marvin Lewis.Cincinnati’s worst start is 0-10 under Dave Shula in 1993. Taylor is the second head coach in Bengals history to lose his first five games; Sam Wyche also started 0-5 in 1984.The Bengals led in the fourth quarter of losses to Seattle, Buffalo and Arizona, with the Bills and Cardinals scoring in the closing minutes to pull it out.“Yeah Trayveon Williams Cincinnati Bengals Jersey , we’re 0-5 but we could very easily be 3-2,” Dalton said. “I don’t know what it is, but we’ve got to get it fixed.”Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wants to play against the Bengals “like it’s a normal football game” Animosity is no stranger when the Bengals and Steelers are playing one another. No shortage of injuries, fines, and suspensions are handed out after every matchup, and it’s taken its toll on those involved.“Every game I’ve been in against the Steelers has (had) some type of aggressive hits, or something dirty going on,” said Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd.Nobody wants to see this. The fan bases don’t like to watch these games. While there are some NFL fans that will say this is good old-fashioned football, most others will say that rivalries like this are bad for the game. But the players are the ones that despise these kinds of games the most.“You know, it’s AFC North football,” said Steelers’ quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. “It’s one of those game that can get chippy at times. You hope it doesn’t. You hope it’s just a hard-fought football game but sometimes it gets a little chippy. So, we’ll do our best to put all that in the past behind us and play like it’s a normal football game.“It’s not about just the physicality of the football game to me,” he continued. “It’s when it gets the extracurricular stuff that you wish would be cut out of it — and hope is cut out this time.”That is all well and good, but it is easier said than done. It will take more than a snap of the fingers to put years of ugly history in the rear view mirror.“Well, I think on our side, we’ll put it behind us,” said Roethlisberger. “We are going to go in and play like it’s a normal football game. AFC North physical football game. We can only control half the players out there though, so we know how important this game is for us to try and get a ‘W.’”By only mentioning “half the players Trayveon Williams Jersey 2019 ,” Roethlisberger happened to omit the one player that comes to mind whenever anyone thinks of this rivalry: Vontaze Burfict.It’s no secret that the Steelers don’t see eye-to-eye with Burfict. For instance, in the latest installment of this series, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster delivered a devastating blow to Burfict’s head, ending the linebacker’s season. When Smith-Schuster was asked about it in a postgame interview, his teammate Antonio Brown was heard yelling “Karma,” over his teammate. That play has become so iconic in Steelers’ lore that the image of Smith-Schuster standing over an unconscious Burfict with “Karma”in the background has been made into a T-shirt.Smith-Schuster has since confessed: “I don’t have to pay for anything. When I go to bars, I don’t have to pay for drinks or anything. ‘Yo, we appreciate what you did,’ and stuff like that.”But despite all the beef between Burfict and the Steelers, Roethlisberger decided to take the high road.“He’s a good football player,” said Roethlisberger of Burfict, “Honestly, I have said this to him on the football field, he is a phenomenal football player. [He’s] very smart, physical, can make all the plays and so you need to know where he is in that sense, yes, because of how good he is.”Roethlisberger even came up with a plan to protect himself against Burfict.Color Rush Trayveon Williams Jersey , we didn’t like each other,” said Kirkpatrick. “I’m going into the game... like ‘How could I get into it with him?’ At the end of the day, that’s not playing football. That’s going out there trying to bull somebody or pick fights. At the end of the day, we lost, so we’ve got to change something.”“At the end of the day, it’s football,” said Boyd. “You can’t go out there and play scared, play frightened. You’ve got to go out there and hit. It’s hit or be hit. Those are the games that are going to be hard fought and those are the games you have to bring it to get the win. It’s a (divisional) game. Not saying we don’t come out and bring it every game, but it’s something about the Steelers when we play them, and the Ravens. Those type of games, we’ve got to be super locked in, super prepared and focused.”Even though we’re not even halfway through the season, this upcoming game against the Steelers already seems like a must-win for the Bengals. As Cincinnati is chasing their first postseason berth since 2015 — which was ended in a dramatic fashion against the Steelers— picking up a division win would go a long way to help. Staying focused will be very important, especially since the Steelers will enter this game as the most penalized team in the NFL.Let’s hope that good football wins out over high tension.
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