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

September 10, 2012 | Drew Forrester

The visitors did a good job of getting the ball out quickly to A.J. Green, who can run like the wind and has hands to match anyone else in the league.  They used Andrew Hawkins perfectly across the middle, where his speed was just too much for the Ravens linebacking corps to defend.  And with the Ravens unable to force Dalton out of the pocket with pressure from the outside edge, it looked early on as if Cincinnati’s offensive might pose real problems for Dean Pees and his defense.

“We did some good things offensively.  I thought we had them a little concerned with (wide receivers) Green and Hawkins out there, but then we threw a ball up for grabs that we probably shouldn’t have and that changed everything,” Lewis said afterwards.

Indeed, the turning point was a late 3rd quarter throw from Dalton that was easily gobbled up by Ed Reed, who scampered into the end zone untouched from 34 yards out to make the score 34-13 and bring out the white towels from the Bengals.

“It’s a two score game right there,” commented Lewis.  “We just needed to work our way down the field like we had in those other drives and if we do that and get in the end zone, it’s 27-20 with plenty of time left.  But we didn’t make the play…”

Dalton’s ill-advised throw to Reed helped start the landslide, as the Ravens tacked on ten more points in the final stanza to make it 44-13.

“I have to make a better throw there,” Dalton confirmed afterwards in the locker room.  “Turnovers decide games.”

A playoff team a season ago, the Bengals looked anything but that on Monday night in Baltimore.

“We have a lot to work on still, that’s for sure,” the head coach concluded.  That’s coach speak for:  “We got run out of the gym tonight.”

Marvin Lewis wouldn’t say that, of course, but I can — and will.

The Bengals put up a spirited fight offensively for about 44 minutes.  They put up a spirited fight on defense for about 44 seconds. On nearly every occasion when the Ravens needed to do something with the ball, they did it.  The Bengals didn’t have an answer for the run or the throw.  They got run out of the gym.

In general, Marvin Lewis seemed somewhat unfazed by his defense’s shoddy play when he spoke to the media following the loss.

I must have watched a different game.


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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