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Ravens matchups to watch for against the Bengals

Here are some matchups to look for during Sunday's game.

Mitchell Layton

Jimmy Smith vs. Mohamed Sanu

Sanu isn't as threatening as A.J. Green, but he is the Bengals' leading wide receiver with 480 yards and three touchdowns on the year. The wide receiver has drawn comparisons to Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmanzadeh and will be the Bengals No. 1 WR.

Lardarius Webb vs. Brandon Tate

Tate is a speedy threat at WR and Lardarius Webb will likely be paired up against him all day.

Ravens pass rush vs. Andy Dalton

The Ravens have turned into one of the best pass rushing units in the NFL. Let's see if they can keep that going against a Bengals team that held them sackless.

Mohamed Sanu as a passer

Sanu played quarterback in high school and has been used as a QB in some Wildcat packages. The Ravens defense should be on guard against Sanu, who has completed both passes he's thrown this season.

C.J. Mosley vs. Gio Bernard

Bernard is a good runner as well as a good receiver that can be used on screens, so the task of stopping him falls on C.J. Mosley, who is one of the best defenders in the NFL.

Steve Smith and Torrey Smith vs. the Bengals' secondary

The last time they played the Bengals the wide receivers were plagued with the drops. This time they've found their groove and look ready to burn the Bengals.

Crockett Gillmore, Kyle Juszczyk, and reserve receivers

Owen Daniels is out, but the Bengals have struggled plenty vs. the tight end. Look for Kyle Juszczyk and Crockett Gillmore, both young players that have emerged as reliable targets, to fill in for Daniels, as well as reserve WRs like Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro.

Justin Forsett vs. Bengals front seven

The Bengals come into this game with the NFL's 31st ranking run defense. Forsett had 11 rushes for 63 yards and one touchdown last time and the Ravens would be dominant if he had a better game on Sunday.