Like many games in this series recently, the game wasn’t pretty. With a career high 5 field goals, Mike Nugent led the Bengals past the Ravens 15-10. Cincinnati has now won 8 consecutive divisional games.
Everyone has been discussing the two controversial calls by the Ravens defense, which led to six Bengal points. I’m going to take a different route. Mike Zimmer’s defense was relentless, as they attacked and pressured Flacco early and often. The defense forced four picks. This just shows what a great pair of corners and secondary can do. Hall and Joseph continue to prove the coaching staff that they can play alone on an island. When you trust your corners, you can crank up the heat with your blitzing.
Offensively, it looks like Carson Palmer is regressing. He is clearly not the same guy he was before that knee injury in the 2005 NFL Wild Card game against Pittsburgh. I forget what podcast I listened to, but the guest on the show made a great point. He said that he’s trying to please the T.Ochocinco tandem too much. After watching the Baltimore game, I’d have to agree. Palmer literally tried to force the ball to these guys.
Palmer threw 34 times. 20 of those attempts were either toward Ocho-cinco or Owens. They combined for seven receptions. The other receivers combined to catch 12/15 passes. Just saying.
TE Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley continue to get open and they’re not getting the ball. This has to be a huge concern for Bengal fans. So far, Cincinnati has faced a young New England secondary, and a depleted Ravens secondary without Ed Reed. It’s only going to get tougher.
As for the Ravens, why is Ray Rice not getting the ball more? Flacco threw the ball 39 times, while Rice carried just 16 times for 87 yards. Rice got nice chunks of yardage everytime he touched the ball. I understand the Ravens are trying to establish a passing game, but this ratio between Flacco and Rice was ridiculous.
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Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!