That…was a beat-down.

September 07, 2008 | Drew Forrester

Don’t let the 17-10 final score fool you.

That was an ass-kicking the Ravens gave the Bengals today.

Invigorated by some Cam Cameron wizardry, the Ravens kept the Bengals defense guessing all day and Joe Flacco looked more like a veteran than his counterpart, Carson Palmer.

When the Ravens needed to run it, they did. And when the Bengals needed to run it, they couldn’t. And the Ravens defense stiffened at the right time, highlighted by a Haloti Ngata stuff on a 4th down try midway through the final quarter that preserved the 17-10 win.

But it was only 17-10 by score.

Ravens…21 first downs – Bengals…8.

Ravens were 9-17 on 3rd down conversions – Bengals were 2-13.

Ravens had 229 yards rushing – Bengals had 65.

The Ravens controlled the clock, controlled the flow and, for the most part, just looked like they wanted it more than the Bengals.

If that’s the best effort Cincinnati can give, they should ALL think about changing their last names and starting fresh.

Carson Palmer was ineffective, Houshmanwhatever and Chad Whatever offered very little and, overall, the Bengals offense sputtered.

The Ravens offense wasn’t exactly an 8-cylinder engine, but two of the key components (Flacco and Rice) were playing in their first pro game…and Baltimore’s offense STILL outplayed the veteran Bengals offense.

Don’t let the scoreboard fool you.

This one wasn’t all that close.