Slowing Benson a top priority

Well hello, 2011.

Hope you all had a very happy New Year and weren't feeling like your head was going to explode this morning.

I'm hurting a bit right now, but all things considered, I could be much worse.

As the Ravens prepare for tomorrow's regular season finale against the Bengals, they have one make priority on their mind - stopping running back Cedric Benson.

Benson has dominated the Ravens in the past, rushing for at least 117 yards in both of his games against the purple and black last year.

Baltimore's defense held their own against Benson back in their Week 2 matchup, holding him to 78 yards rushing on 23 carries, and they'll be focused on trying to slow him down again tomorrow.

"If you don't stop the run against the Bengals, they'll keep running it," head coach John Harbaugh said. "They're very committed to the run game. They do it as well as anybody in the league. You have to stop the run against Cincinnati."

After having a career season last year, rushing for 1,251 yards and six touchdowns, Benson has topped the 1,000 yard mark again this season, and added seven rushing touchdowns on the season.

Benson is two games removed from a 31 carry, 150 yard performance against the Browns, but that's the only time he's topped 55 rushing yards in his last five games.

Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison knows what Benson is capable of, however, and has been making stopping the former Texas star a focus this week.

"If you go against Carson Palmer and you allow him to have [where] he can run it and pass it, you're going to be in for a long day. So, we've got to stop the run with a seven-man front, with an eight-man front, with pressures; you've got to do it mixing up or he's going to have his day."

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