The View From Baltimore

This week, Bengals Gab was interviewed by Ravens Gab Editor Matt Jergensen on the issues relative to Sunday’s tilt with the black birds.  You can view the interview by visiting our sister site,, or by clicking here.

In return, I interviewed Matt to get some insight from within the Ravens Nest.  Here’s the enemy viewpoints for Sunday:

  • The Ravens defense really made a statement last week against the Jets.  How do they keep playing at such a high level year after year?

The Ravens defense has been good for a little more than a decade and for me it always goes back to the players. Ozzie Newsome does a fantastic job in the draft almost every year selecting players who fit the Ravens schemes and mentality. He’s been able to put an All-Pro player at each level of the defense; Haloti Ngata to stuff the run, Terrell Suggs to rush the passer and Ed Reed to man the secondary. Of course the heart of the team beats to the tune of Ray Lewis. I’m still amazed at what this guy brings to this team and the level at which he continues to perform even 15 years in to the league.

  • How has former Bengal T.J. Houshmandzadeh done so far as a Raven?  Do you think his intimate knowledge of the Bengals will give the Ravens a competitive advantage? 

Houshmandzadeh has only been with the team for a little under two weeks and he played limited snaps this past Monday against the Jets. But from the times he was in the game I can see that he will be a huge asset to the passing game this season. He made a huge third down conversion of 27 yds. and showed the passion and intensity that I’m familiar with from seeing him in the Bengal stripes for so many years. 

I’m not sure how much knowledge he’s going to be able to impart about the Bengal offense. These two teams are division rivals and know each other very well. But who knows, anything he can bring to the table in that regard in a plus.

  • Which match-up do you think Baltimore will find most appealing and how will they try to exploit it?

The most surprising thing about the Bengals loss to the Patriots last week was how well the Patriots ran the football. That bodes well for Ray Rice, Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain as the Ravens should look to run the ball more and hopefully with more success than Week One. The Ravens attempted and completed several deep pass plays on Monday and picked on Antonio Cromartie without mercy. I think Hall and Joseph are a stronger tandem to contend with so the game plan should shift a bit to focus more on the ground game.

  • What is your prediction for this week’s game?

 Baltimore has another tough assignment this week. They are playing on the road again coming off of a short week of preparation. Unfortunately for us I’d be shocked to the see the Bengals come out flat for a second week straight for their home opener. They’ll be prepared and ready to play. I’d like to think that Baltimore with its new offensive options should be able revenge the sweep from last season. But my head tells me otherwise, I think the Bengals win in a close one 24-21. I think things might be different though when the two meet again in Baltimore at the end of the season. Maybe the division will be on the line?

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