Bengals Bungle Opener in Baltimore 17-10

If Sundays opener vs the Ravens was any indication of how the Bengals 2008 season is going to go, buckle in, it’s going to be a long and bumpy ride.  The Bengals were beat up and down by the Ravens defense, falling 17-10 with an offense that was as flat as year old Pepsi.  Carson Palmer was awful, looking like a QB that was not on the same page at all with his teammates.  He completed just 10-of-25 passes for 99 yards, and was sacked twice and threw a pick.

Overall the Bengals offense was out of sync in a big way.  They held the ball for just 23:45, and were outgained 358 to 154.  They also were just 2-for-13 on third downs.  Their only points came on a Shayne Graham 43-yard field goal and a fumble that was picked up and returned 65 yards by Jonathan Joseph for a score with 10:15 remaining.

For a game the team only lost by a touchdown, they never really seemed in it.  The running game was led by new feature back Chris Perry, who ran for 37 yards on 18 carries, just 2.1 yards per carry.  As a whole, they put up just 65 yards. good for just 2.8 yards per carry.  The defense allowed 229 yards on the ground, and the Ravens O-line gave rookie QB Joe Flacco more than enough time to throw.

The Cincy defense never got a sack on Flacco, as he threw for 129 yards on 15-of-29 passing.  The Ravens scored on some trickery on a Mark Clayton 42-yard reverse that was done to perfection to make it 7-0 with 2:12 to go in the first quarter.  Matt Stover kicked a 21-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 1:43 left in the first half.

Flacco gashed the Bengals run defense in the third quarter, going for 38 yards on a run that resulted in a second Ravens TD that made it 17-3.  The Bengals made it somewhat close with a score on Joseph’s return of a fumble, but they allowed the Ravens to run out the clock on a 13-play, 62-yard drive that ended regulation.

The Bengals will try to get back on track next Sunday vs a Titans team that was solid on defense in a win over the Jags at home.


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3 Responses to “Bengals Bungle Opener in Baltimore 17-10”

  1. Steve Gruber says:

    I was so glad I only watched a few downs.
    I won’t have to waste my Sundays on the terrible team. Thanh God for finest High school football in the country! I love football, I’ll be a Bengal fan when they decide they they WANT to at least complete! Right now I believe the organization is just stealing money from the fans and the city and the league. We are the people of Hamilton County are the fools. Let go get over your addiction to the Bengals and begin enjoying your Sunday.

  2. Steve Gruber says:

    I was so glad I only watched a few downs.
    I won’t have to waste my Sundays on this terrible team. Thank God for finest High school football in the country! I love football, I’ll be a Bengal fan when they decide they they WANT to at least compete! Right now I believe the organization is just stealing money from the fans and the city and the league. We are the people of Hamilton County are the fools. Let go get over your addiction to the Bengals and begin enjoying your Sunday.

  3. Jeff Koons says:

    I’ve been a big Bengals fan since 1968, although the last 18 years has been a challenge. Marvin is a good coach who had to deal with a few selfish players and some injuries to key players. In my heart I believe we would have went deep into the playoffs in 2005(possibly the Superbowl) if not for the injury to Carson Palmer. I’m trying to be optomistic that the Defense will improve with discipline. The Bengals has some of the most talented skill players on Offense in the NFL , but where is the protection on the offensive side of the ball? I’m reminded of a team in Green Bay that refused to trade a very talented Quarterback to a team within the division. That Quarterback now plays in New York. Cincinnati had two talented offensive lineman who now play for Division rivals. How could the organization let this happen? Bengals fans are not fools, we are tough skinned (we need to be). I’m sorry, but you can’t dismiss the fact that the last 18 years has one common denominator, Mr. Brown, you are not your Father! To build a winning organization you need a huge scouting core for talented Draft day picks, active in free agency, a solid front office who can run the organization, and most of all Guts to face the fans of your team. Mr. Brown, please do what is right to stop disgracing the team your Father (Bless His Soul) worked so hard To build. If you can’t (or won’t) PLEASE Mr. Brown sell to someone who will.

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