Bengals defense curls up and says “please don’t hurt me” in 44-13 drubbing

September 10, 2012 | Drew Forrester

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis strolled into his post-game media press conference at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday night and didn’t look all that concerned about the battering his defense took in a 44-13 drubbing at the hands of the Ravens.

I must have watched a different game than he did from the sidelines.

“We weren’t bothered by the (Ravens) no-huddle, we just didn’t make any plays,” he claimed.

I guess that’s one way of trying to justify a game with no turnovers created, which the Bengals defense didn’t do on Monday night.

From my vantage point, I saw a Bengals defense unprepared for the next play in front of them.  Time and time again, the Bengals failed to put any pressure on Joe Flacco and the 5th year quarterback picked them apart with ease, going early and often to a host of pass catchers, including Jacoby Jones and Anquan Boldin, who caught a 2nd quarter TD pass.

It all started off magically for the Ravens.  The season’s first offensive play for Baltimore was a 52-yard completion from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith, a sign of things to come for the rest of the night.  The victim was Leon Hall, who took his fair share of humiliation on Monday along with the rest of the Cincinnati secondary.  Flacco looked polished, assertive and hungry, picking apart the Bengals with throws both across the middle and deep down the field.  It was, Lewis hopes, perhaps a case of opening night nerves for the visitors, but the Ravens offense moved the ball at will throughout most of the evening.

Interestingly enough, the Cincy offense rattled off three consecutive long drives in the second and third quarters, going for 76, 79 and 81 yards en route to collecting their 13 points.  It’s rare that a Ravens defense allows three drives of that nature, but Baltimore wasn’t exactly the ’85 Bears on Monday night, as they put little outside pressure on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and didn’t stop the run with the kind of regularity we might have expected.

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8 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    I thought the Bengals quit in the late 3rd quarter too.

  2. bill Says:

    The Bengals reminded me of you. They suck. They probably confused you for an offensive lineman when you were in that press conference with Marvin Lewis. Wake me up when you write something here that’s good. You’re the worst. (DF: Yeah, there are a lot of 5’9″ offensive lineman in the NFL. I’m a spittin’ image, I tell ya.)

  3. matt Says:

    im the driver of the drew bashing bandwagon. but i gotta say… you gotta block that guy.

    i will ask for my blog in due time, but today im moving 800 miles away. i had a really good intro blog wrote up too. in a nutshell it goes like this: i was righter than anyone and….. ill paste this:

    the yes-huddle offense was just as, if not more, effective than the no-huddle. not saying that the no-huddle was ineffective, it just used less time and ended up gassing the defense when the ravens didnt make 1st downs in a couple series. (DF: That’s weird. I’m the driver of the Matt bashing bandwagon. You’re a goof just like Bill. Have fun with the move. Talk to you soon.)

  4. Dan Says:

    Great effort by the Ravens, have a couple questions for you:

    I am a little shocked they waived Bobby Rainey? hope that does’nt come back to bite them in the backside one day!, I thought they had high hopes for him? also, Anthony Allen has looked less then impressive, did Allen’s special teams duties save his spot?

    Ramon Hardwood on the starting offensive Line? whats that? did he have that good of a preseason? seems like he handled himself well last night? just not a player I expected too see starting at Left guard.

  5. sal Says:

    john kruk stick to baseball. go os!

  6. tsnamm Says:

    I was glad to see the D make some adjustments in the second half especially after that opening half drive by the Bengals for a TD…the offense was clicking on all cylinders, and if this is a sign of things to come, it will be an offense we have all been dreaming of for years. BTW Drew I was wondering what your take was about the Oriole players at the game? They got big hands from the fans when they showed them on the screen… I’m sure they must of been thinking “so this is what fan support feels like!!”

  7. Mike from Carney Says:

    Nice invite from the Ravens to the Orioles, last night. “Let’s go O’s” was chanted by the sellout crowd. Nice jesture and hopefully the two teams can co-exist business-wise. A great summer to be in Baltimore, right now !

  8. BmoreBobRob Says:

    Flacco looked like a different qb. It seems like the team has let him have more control of the offense. He has continued his performance from last year’s playoff game. Sign him long term now. Save cap space by foregoing a signing bonus and give him a cut on the You Pon action.

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