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Quick Thoughts on Bengals/Ravens Monday Night

Here are some quick thoughts from the staff about last night’s huge victory over Cincinnati.

Gene Winner:

It was Baltimore’s night and they showed they are balanced, dominant and well coached. Flacco was outstanding and so was the offensive line. Jim Caldwell was the best offseason pick up.
The defense showed that they have plenty of stars to pick up Suggs absence. How amazing are Ray Lewis and Ed Reed! Both continue to make plays. 
How bout the rookie kicker Tucker..he has a great leg and handled the pressure well.
An inspired performance and great tribute after the passing of Art Modell.

Ben Zinman:

I am trying to digest what I just saw. The 52 yard torch of the Bengals secondary on the 1st play set the tone. JOE never took his foot off the gas the rest of the way. Ravens defense started slow and ended the half looking sluggish giving up the touchdown run. Most impressed the way the Ravens played as a team. Flacco looked composed and has finally shed that whole deer in headlights look he used to get. This is could be a really fun season.

Jonathan Scruggs:

My first gut reaction to this game is that the team clicked far better than I thought they would. Yes the defense struggled in the second quarter, and yes the offense got a bit stale there, but for almost three quarters of ball, the Baltimore Ravens came out and made a resounding statement to the rest of the league. Flacco was electric, the offense line held its own against one of the better front sevens in the game, and the defense absolutely manhandled the Bengals. 

Some negatives. The defense has to a better job of disguising their blitzes from the safeties. That was a powerful tool tonight but the Bengals did a great job of sniffing them out and accounting for the pressure. On the offense, Matt Birk has to step up his play. He was on his back a lot. As for the intangibles, the refs get a C- from me. Boldin’s touchdown was bogus, Torrey Smith’s roughing call was atrocious and over all there was little to inspire confidence in the scabs.

Feel free to leave your own comments down below. What did you think of last night’s game?

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2 Responses to “Quick Thoughts on Bengals/Ravens Monday Night”

  1. Thomas Crowley says:

    I was impressed with michael oher, he had his struggles in 2010 as a left tackle. But he was real solid last night

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