Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Recap

The Baltimore Ravens dominated the ball on both offense and defense.  The Ravens defense, which was questioned due to age and injury, showed that they have the same swagger that Ray Lewis brings to Old Spice commercials.  Ed Reed had a masterful interception and return for a touch down that broke the backs of the Bengals players and fans.  Joe Flacco had an amazing day against a very strong secondary throwing for 299 yards and 2 Touches (Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta) on 21 of 29 attempts.  Ray Rice carried his weight and then some, rushing for 68 yards on 10 carries with 2 TD’s and catching another 3 balls for 25 yards.  But the story of the day was Flacco, who made the declaration that he was an “Elite” quarterback in this league, and based on early results, he just may be.  Start thinking now of adding Flacco if you need a back up qb (Vick owners?) he won’t be on the waiver wire much longer.

As for the Bengals, they were man-handled by the Ravens defense.  Andy Dalton looked like the basic ginger QB we were affraid he was going to be last year.  His 22 of 37 for 221 yard performance sounds better than it actually was.  Dalton was leveled four times by Ravens defenders, who were without Terrell Suggs, was picked off the once, and fumbled once (both the interception and fumble led to touch downs).  The bright spot for the Cincinnati offense was free agent pick up BenJarvis Green-Ellis.  BJGE put up 91 yards rushing on 18 carries and a score, the Law Firm picked up right where Cedric Benson left off.  Receiver A.J. Green was shut down the second half of the game, his last catch came with just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter.

A tribute and a moment of silence was held prior to the game to honor former Ravens owner Art Modell’s death.

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