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To John Harbaugh, Cedric Benson’s big day the last time he faced the Ravens is easily explained.
Benson’s 120 yards, which included a 28-yard touchdown run, on Oct. 11 at M&T Bank Stadium marked the first time any rusher had gone over 100 yards against the Ravens since Dec. 17, 2006 – a span of 39 games.
“It’s just due to them blocking us better than we got off blocks and him running better than we tackled,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “And they did a better job than we did playing, coaching, all that stuff.”
Whatever the case may be, the Ravens are looking to start a new streak after holding the Denver Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno to only 39 yards last week.
“That has to do with winning,” said linebacker Terrell Suggs. “If you defense the run good, you have a good chance to win the game. That’s what we did last game. We defended the run good. He’s having a breakout year, and he’s going to want to keep that rolling. So we have to let our consistency snowball and get back to doing what we do.”
Benson is second in the NFL with an average of 102.9 rushing yards per game behind Cincy’s traditional zone-blocking scheme.
“Cedric Benson is running a scheme that he really excels at,” Harbaugh noted. “But, they’ve always been a zone scheme. The Bengals have been running the inside and outside zone since Icky Woods and Jim McNalley and Sam Wyche in the mid-80′s. That’s kind of been their thing, and they’re running it as well or better than anybody in the NFL right now.”