Ravens can’t dwell on 0-3 record during short work week

It’s been too predictable.


Is that question becoming a more manageable factor?

On Sunday, the Ravens lost to Cincinnati 28-24 despite twice holding the lead in the fourth quarter.

The Ravens will have starting quarterback Joe Flacco on the field, but had issues of their own. I predict Jamaal has a insane day and Alex Smith reverts back to his mediocre self. Yes, those were Manning-type numbers.

Baltimore answered with a 79-yard drive that featured two third-down conversions and ended with Steve Smith catching a 16-yard touchdown pass in front of Dre Kirkpatrick for a 24-21 advantage with just under four minutes to go.

“We’re not satisfied where we’re at”, Dalton said. He thought he had a play there. Just don’t expect him to try and impersonate Roethlisberger. And this likely has something to do with the Bengals being underestimated this year. DT Domata Peko had just one tackle, but his ability to stuff the gaps freed up other Bengals to make plays. “All year we’ve played good run defenses, and these guys are in that same category”.

They are 3-0 for the second consecutive season and the eighth time in franchise history. We’ve got to find our way. “But this is different than past year”.

Cincinnati must figure out a way to keep the Chiefs’ edge rushers quiet.

Guenther said he likes the depth, but the biggest difference for the line this year is in how the players prepare. There are three AFC teams which fall into the category of “elite” so far. Even if Dalton can get through those with Cincinnati still standing tall, that ugly 0-4 playoff record will loom large come January. “Big deal, we’re 1-3”, Flacco said.

When the locker room doors were closed, the veteran wideout addressed his teammates about personal accountability. Dalton now ranks sixth in the league in passing yards with 866, tied for second in touchdown passes, and is behind only Aaron Rodgers in quarterback rating among starters with a 121.0 mark. “He’s a guy that we continue to give him a couple reps here and there”.

“I’m not the only one out here making plays”, said Dalton, who finished with 383 yards. Gio has also been able to do something we have not seen from Hill, he can make a play. That much we know through three weeks. Because if we don’t do that, then we’re going to have no chance.

Let’s not forget, the Bengals and Ravens have bad blood. Over the past two weeks, the Ravens have given up 65 points.

Forgive the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, though, if the current state of their longstanding rivalry is the least of their growing list of concerns. But, the Bengals won the game. He knows it starts with him. With his team 1-2, Philbin is clearly on the coaching hot seat after a disastrous two-week stretch. He also caught 133 passes for 1,098 yards. Brandon Weeden was 22-of-26 for 232 yards in a 39-28 loss to Atlanta. On the surface, the Chiefs still look like a playoff contender, considering they have one of the better minds in pro football, that being head coach Andy Reid. After he was sacked and lost a fumble that the Ravens returned for a touchdown and their first lead, Dalton went to the sideline and reassured Jackson that everything would be just fine. Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks was questionable with a calf injury.

If we get a few turnovers to go our way, we win this game. Like you mentioned, Cincy has really good balance from the running game, to tight ends, to wide receivers, to backs as far as being involved in the passing game.


The Bengals D struggles with angles and tackling at times and their secondary is nothing to write home about. Scheduling 32 teams isn’t easy, but having playoff-caliber teams trying to dig out of slow starts isn’t ideal.

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