Final Grade — A
The Ravens were a legitimate juggernaut on offense on Monday night against the Bengals.
Flacco had a huge night, spreading the ball to eight different receivers. His favorite target in this game was tight end Dennis Pitta, who caught five passes for 73 yards and one touchdown.
Ray Rice didn't run the ball often, but he did manage 68 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns, and he pitched in another 25 yards on three catches.
Torrey Smith was a big reason for the team's success through the air, drawing double teams and catching two passes for 57 yards. He was also a big part of the team's final touchdown drie, as he drew a crucial pass interference penalty that resulted in a first-and-goal.
The offensive line was dominant at times, but Geno Atkins was allowed to wreak havoc on the inside—proving the unit still needs to improve.
All in all, the defense was amazing. It'll be interesting to see if this team can keep up the same level of success throughout the regular season.
Q4 — A
The Ravens took full advantage of Andy Dalton's turnover early in the fourth quarter. Joe Flacco tried to connect deep with Torrey Smith once again, drawing a pass interference penalty in the end zone that resulted in a one yard touchdown for Ray Rice.
Tyrod Taylor came in to replace Joe Flacco for the last nine minutes of the game, and the Ravens continued moving the football with the running game to run down the clock.
Q3 — A
It took a while for the Ravens to get their chance on offense in the third quarter, but they continued right where they left off in the first half. Ray Rice started taking over, which shouldn't surprise anyone, and the Ravens moved the ball down the field at will.
Dennis Pitta got in on the action, catching Joe Flacco's second touchdown pass of the game at the 5:18 mark of the third quarter.
The Ravens continued to dominate throughout the quarter, and the Bengals were helpless to stop them.
Q2 — B
Ray Rice got things started out on the right foot for the Ravens to start the second quarter, busting out a long run of 16 yards. From there, the Ravens just started steamrolling the Bengals, with Joe Flacco putting on a masterful performance including his 34-yard touchdown strike to Anquan Boldin.
The most crucial play of the second quarter came at midfield on a third-and-12. Adam Jones came off a cornerback blitz and stifled the Ravens' offense with the sack of Flacco, forcing them to punt for the first time of the game.
Q1 — B+
Torrey Smith made his presence felt on the first play of the game, catching a 52-yard pass from Joe Flacco, but the offensive line gave up a sack to Geno Atkins that stalled the drive, forcing the Ravens to settle for a 46-yard field goal.
Smith's big night continued on the second drive of the game. He took a reverse 13 yards on the first play of the Ravens' second drive. Unfortunately, Anquan Boldin fumbled on a double reverse, losing 10 yards in the process a couple of plays later.
Thankfully, the offensive line started protecting Flacco as the first quarter progressed, and the offense dominated the time of possession battle and continued to wear down the defense of the Bengals.
Ray Rice's touchdown run mid-way through the quarter was way too easy, as the offensive line opened up a super highway to the goal line.