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Baltimore Cages Bengals 34-3

A game that featured two AFC North rivals, each headed in very different directions as the Baltimore Ravens dominated every phase of the game at Paul Brown Stadium today.

Baltimore racked up 451 yards in total offense over the hapless Bengals who dropped their tenth loss of the season. Mark Clayton was the biggest contributor as he caught 5 balls for 164 and a one handed touchdown grab from Joe Flacco. He also tossed a touchdown of his own off an End Around to fellow wideout Derrick Mason.

The Ravens continued to pound it on the ground and used the tag team of Le’Ron McClain (25 carries, 86 yards) and Ray Rice (11 carries, 41 yards) to methodically wear down the Cincinnati defensive front. An interesting side note is that the third part of the Raven running attack Willis McGahee was active for the contest but did not see any action.

Cincinnati had it’s struggles all game long and could only mount one meaningful drive before the close of the first half that ended in a Shayne Graham 21 yd field goal. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was 12-31 for 124 yds before being replaced by Jordan Palmer whose first pass was promptly picked Jim Leonhard and taken back for a 36 yd Touchdown. The running game was shut down and T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson each were held to four catches.

Baltimore continues its playoff push still a game behind the Pittsburgh Steelers in the division but in good company for a Wild Card berth with the Colts at 8-4. The cold winds of December usher in 3 of the last 4 games at home and next week the Washington Redskins will meet the Ravens in prime time.

Points to Ponder

– Willis McGahee. Quite honestly I didn’t miss him much but what conclusions should be drawn from his (in)active game today? He stood doing a Darth Vader impression, stoic with his helmet and cape around his neck all game. Is this a sign from the coaching staff that they are unhappy with his constant injuries and if he were better conditioned would he be in this situation?

-Joe Flacco continues to impress and you might have to throw him in the mix for Rookie of the Year. He came very close to notching his first 300 yard game and showed nice touch on several deep balls and spread the ball around the his receivers.

-The Cincinnati Bungles. This team finally has come full circle.This is the first time the Ravens have swept Cincy since 2002. It seems hard to figure with some of the talent they have that they have fallen so far off the map. They showed little fight most of the day and you’d have to think that the Marvin Lewis death watch is still on. Hmm, Brian Billick needs a coaching job.

-Can you imagine if Baltimore had this type of offensive production over the last ten years? It’s mind-bottling. Cam Cameron you are a mad genius.

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