The Cincinnati Bengals redeemed themselves from their drumming at the hands of New England with a 15-10 win at home over the Baltimore Ravens. Defense was the order of the day for both teams, but the Bengals did just enough on offense to put them over the edge. Joe Flacco tossed four interceptions on the day while Carson Palmer managed his offense and threw zero.
The Ravens did improve their rushing attack from a week ago with Ray Rice and company going for 109 yards. However, their passing game was non-existent for the entire first half before it came to life just a bit in the second. The Bengals’ Cedric Benson piled up 78 yards on 23 carries for his team while Ochocinco and Owens added 101 yards through the air on 7 receptions. Overall the defenses were stout on both sides with Dhani Jones and Ray Lewis leading their respective teams in tackles.
Cincinnati increased their AFC North winning streak to eight games and has now gone 1-1 to start back to back seasons. The win has to do wonders for the Bengals confidence after the week one debacle in New England. Penalties were still a problem for the offense, a staple of last years Bengals team. All of their drives into Ravens’ territory stalled as they settled for a total of five field goals.
Baltimore did come out strong to start the second half with a long touchdown reception from Joe Flacco to Derrick Mason. The Ravens didn’t managed much more afterwards with only a field goal and a total of 10 points for consecutive weeks.
Week 3 takes the Bengals to Carolina to play the Panthers while the Ravens have the Cleveland Browns at home. The AFC North looks to be a highly competitive division with the Steelers taking the early lead with a 2-0 record and the Bengals and Ravens behind them with 1-1 records each.