It seemed to be the Ravens of old again today after a late fourth quarter collapse. The same pass interference calls the same dumb personal foul calls shows the undisciplined nature of the defense. The Ravens seem to be more of a pretender the last two weeks, instead of the contender most thought the were after a week 3 win in San Diego. The play calling has been predictable and the Ravens seem to get the lead then just sit on it with run after run.
The Ravens defense never really showed up, Ed Reed gets an exception, and gave up drive after drive. The defense who had not allowed a 100 yard rusher in 39 games gave up 120 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries to Cedric Benson. The pass rush seemed to be non existent allowing Carson Palmer all day to find an open man in a secondary that seem to never get on track. A defensive penalty on a botched snap on a field goal negated a momentum changer and lead to another attempt that hit its mark. On the final drive two pass interference call and a horrible personal foul on Ray Lewis, when the ball soared over Chan Ochocinco's head lead to new sets of downs and more opportunities
The offense never really got on track either with the exception of Ray Rice with 143 total yards. Joe Flacco couldn't find a receiver down field and the majority of his passes were short screens or dump down passes. Willis McGahee, the leading touchdown scorer and redzone threat was nowhere to be seen, along with Mr. reliable Derrick Mason. The 3rd ranked offense in the NFL could only muster a single touchdown.
In a game that was sometimes hard to watch what seemed inevitable finally came to fruition when the Bengals drove 80 plus yards down the field for a winning touchdown. Carson Palmer looked vintage with composure when it counted. The Bengals deserved this win with their good defensive play and an offense that made good use of the opportunities given to them. Today the better team won but who knows what the future of the AFC north will hold.