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Ravens Lose to Bengals Again

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Sep 22 2010 @ 1:20 am In Cincinnati Bengals | No Comments

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.

Chad Ochocinco Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens speaks with Chad Ocho Cinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals at M & T Bank Stadium on September 7, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 17-10.

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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