Offensive Grade: C+
The Cincinnati Bengals battled through a rough start and a fired up Baltimore Ravens team to keep the game close early. Andy Dalton was making sound decisions and getting the ball to his favorite target, A.J. Green. Cincinnati's offensive staff did a great job moving Green around the formation in order to create favorable matchups.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran hard and was able to average more than five yards per carry. For the entire first half, the Bengals offensive line was able to generate a good push off the line. There was a point in this game where they were the more physically dominant unit.
However, things got out of hand when the Bengals were forced to play from behind. This allowed the Ravens defense to pin their ears back and generate a ton of pressure. Cincinnati struggled to give Dalton a clean pocket, and that resulted in poor production.
As bad as the score looks, there were still a few positives to take away from this game.
Defensive Grade: C-
I doubt the Bengals expected the Ravens to come out and run such an aggressive attack. Joe Flacco and company threw the ball early and often. In fact, one offensive play was a 52-yard pass to Torrey Smith. Despite not expecting this type of attack, the Bengals should've played much better.
Their veteran defensive backs were exposed and made mistakes in coverage. Taylor Mays looked particularly bad in deep coverage.
This is a very talented defense that I'm sure will rebound next week.