Key #1: Get The Offense Going Early
The Ravens offense came out hot against the Cowboy’s in the 1st half, but tapered off. Running backs Terrance West and Kennith Dixon had success and then did not see as many touches in the 2nd half. If the Ravens want to win this game they are going to need to kick-start the offense.
If I had a dollar for how many times I said the Ravens offense was inconsistent I would be a very rich man. They have looked great at times in the beginning on games, but seem to die-off shortly after. The lack of a big-play receiver hurts and once they get behind it is hard to commit to the run. Offense coordinator Marty Mornhinweg needs to come out pounding the ball against the Bengals defense. The tandem of West and Dixon can work if they see consistent touches.
There is no question that Steve Smith Sr. and Mike Wallace will come to play, but the rest of the receivers are in question. Breshad Perriman must improve from a quiet game and the Ravens need to figure out their tight-end situation. Without Crockett Gillmore likely out for a 4th straight game, Nick Boyle will make the start. He is coming off of a 10 game suspension and will provide a fresh target for Flacco in the passing game. If the offense can get going early then the Ravens will be in a position to win.