Doing things a bit differently around here on Mondays from now on. I will ONLY be posting Ravens-based links. You know, because it’s Monday.
I’ll start with a Report Card:
It wasn’t as if Joe played like Derek Anderson yesterday, but he wasn’t good. Part of the problem was that his pocket collapsed a bit. Part of the problem was that the lack of a deep threat kept Derrick Mason from being able to get open. But Joe deserves PLENTY of blame in the loss.
Running Backs: B
The only complaint is that Willis McGahee wasn’t used enough. Ray Rice played really well, showing the jets that make him so dangerous in the open field. You really can’t blame Ray Rice, but you can certainly question how the backs were used.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: D+
It’s hard to give a unit a grade when they’re barely involved, but this is on them. Lacking a deep threat has REALLY hurt this team, as the Bengals’ safeties cheated down to take Mason out of the game. It was really a pathetic performance from the unit.
Offensive Line: B-
I actually thought Michael Oher was very good on the day, but Joe Flacco did NOT have enough to throw the ball for the most part. The Ravens also had to go outside to find running room, as there weren’t holes up the middle.
Defensive Line: C
Cedric Benson could have ran all day. I thought Greg Mattison rotated guys out WAY too much, but the guys who were on the field weren’t doing a whole hell of a lot. Haloti Ngata was the one guy who played well.
Ray Lewis’ hit was obscene. It was REALLY brutal. He was trying to win the football game with one hit instead of just making a play. It has worked before, but it didn’t work this time. Jarret Johnson was a bright spot, but the unit offered little otherwise.
Just awful. In fairness, Carson Palmer had PLENTY of time to make throws. But this was a poor performance from this unit; save for Ed Reed’s playmaking.
This team REALLY appeared out-coached. The Bengals looked better prepared, they looked like they had a better gameplan, and they looked like they made better adjustments.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of WNST’s Blogs:
Glenn Clark says loss had ‘nothing to do with officiating’
Rex Snider thinks Harbaugh owes answers regarding Chris McAlister
Glenn Clark says 52 wasn’t talking to anyone after the game
Now from the rest of the World….
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice’s 4th quarter TD not enough as Ravens fell to Cincinnati
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cedric Benson snapped Ravens’ 39 game streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ed Reed also forced Ochocinco fumble in loss
The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Ed Reed returned pick for 13th career overall TD in loss
The Official Site says Harbaugh thought ‘game decided on the field’
The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Frank Walker disagreed with PI call, but knew it didn’t affect outcome of game
Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Palmer found Andre Caldwell for game winning with 22 seconds left
Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Carson Palmer, Bengals got emotional win for DC Mike Zimmer
Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says after big day, Cedric Benson now NFL’s leading rusher
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 71,161 saw Ravens fall at M&T Bank Stadium
The Sun’s Ken Murray says Reed frustrated, but knew officials didn’t decide game
The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Bengals won ‘fair and square’
The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee confused by having just two touches in loss
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Foxworth, Fabian Washington ‘need help’
The Sun’s Edward Lee isn’t sure how Ravens will beat Steelers if they can’t beat Bengals
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oher held his own against Antwan Odom
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs thinks Ravens need to play ‘all-around better football’
Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Ochocinco, Chris Henry, Andre Caldwell combined for 12 catches, 219 yards in Bengals’ win
Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Carson Palmer thinks there’s ‘nothing like winning’ in Baltimore
Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty says Ochocinco had 7 catches for 94 yards in win
The AP’s David Ginsburg says Bengals in first place in AFC North after win
CNati.com’s Matt Palmer says Marvin Lewis thought win would have made Vikki Zimmer proud
LA Times’ Sam Farmer says Carson Palmer converted crucial 4th and 1 on Bengals’ final drive via feet
USA Today’s Jon Saraceno says Benson first to run for 100 on Ravens since Larry Johnson in 2006
SI’s Don Banks says Flacco intercepted twice in Ravens’ loss
Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Kelly Gregg thought Ravens missed tackles
Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Carson Palmer ‘clutch’ in win
Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says schedule sets up well for Bengals moving forward
NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says Bengals have won 7 of last 10 against Ravens
CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens’ defense ’embarrassing’ at end
NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Ravens’ loss ‘stunning’
Fox Sports’ Jimmy Johnson says Bengals can’t be ‘overlooked’ moving forward
ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Bengals happy with ‘underdog’ role
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens need better pass rush, coverage
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Keith Rivers thought Zimmer ‘amazing’ for being there for team
Talk to you later this afternoon from 1 Winning Drive!