What they're saying about the Ravens

Media roundup

September 20, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

Here's a look at what other media are saying about the Ravens' 15-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

• While the Ravens defense hasn't allowed a touchdown in the first two games of the season, James Walker of ESPN.com says it's the Bengals defense that deserves credit for rebounding from a poor performance in Week 1.

Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer -- who is as intense as any coach in the NFL -- was eerily subdued in preparation for the Baltimore Ravens.

Zimmer didn't call out his defense after the Week 1 debacle against the New England Patriots. He took the blame in the media for everything that went wrong and kept the pressure and attention off his players. Even behind closed doors, players said Zimmer's demeanor was encouraging and complimentary, which isn't his usual style after a bad performance.

• Cincinnati.com's Paul Daugherty talks about the Bengals' continued success over the Ravens.

The Bengals rode the Wayback Machine on Sunday, all the way to last season. Grumble about the tactics, if you want. The win looks the same. You say the offense looks dysfunctional. The victory says the offense was patient. You say Carson Palmer isn't using his new toys. The win says too much playtime isn't good for the bottom line. At least we can agree on the defense. The defense was magnificent.

Having coached defense in Baltimore and faced the Ravens too many times to count as Bengals coach, Marvin Lewis knows how to beat Baltimore. So does Palmer, who has beaten the Ravens nine times in 12 tries.

• Don Banks of SI.com notes that the Ravens still seem to be a defensive-minded team, despite the offseason upgrades on offense.

With greatly improved receiving weapons in the form of Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and a pair of quality rookie tight ends, not to mention quarterback Joe Flacco entering his third full season as a starter, I thought the Ravens' passing game was ready to take a quantum leap this year. Uh, not so much.

Baltimore, my pick to win the Super Bowl, has scored 10 points in its two games, and that's not going to get it done all the way to Dallas. The Ravens have run up against quality defenses -- the Jets and Bengals on the road -- but what's happened to Flacco? Four interceptions against the Bengals (five for the season), to go with just one touchdown pass? Flacco was a dreary 17 of 39 for just 154 yards, one touchdown and those four picks in the 15-10 loss at Cincinnati.

• USA Today's Sean Leahy selects the Ravens as his "Worst follow-up" for his Week 2 Bests & Worsts feature.

The Ravens fell to 1-1 after their offense put forth an abysmal performance in a 15-10 loss to the Bengals. QB Joe Flacco threw four INTs and was just 17-for-39 for 154 yards as the Ravens failed to capitalize on the momentum of their 10-9 season-opening win against the Jets.

• Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News offers his Week 2 observations, including comments about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Brett Favre wasn't the only quarterback with turnover problems Sunday. Baltimore's Joe Flacco suffered the first four-interception game of his 34-game starting career. Those turnovers allowed the Bengals to escape with a 15-10 victory the Ravens. It was Cincinnati's third consecutive victory over Flacco and the Ravens.

• The Sports Network's Tony Moss shares his thoughts on the Week 2 results, writing that he wasn't surprised the Bengals continued their recent dominance over the Ravens.

...the Bengals continued their winning streak over the Ravens. Maybe Cincinnati won't turn out to be better than Baltimore when all is said and done, but Sunday represented a desperate situation for a Bengal team that couldn't afford to be 0-2 with a two-game road swing on the horizon and an absolute gauntlet on tap over the second half of the schedule. Marvin Lewis' squad played with that desperation in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Ravens, punishing Joe Flacco (17-of-39, 154 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT) and a Baltimore team that was playing on a short week following a physical win at the Jets. The Bengals didn't score a touchdown (the Ravens have yet to allow a TD this year) but got close enough for five Mike Nugent field goals and did not turn the ball over. T.J. Houshmandzadeh's return to Cincinnati was a bust, as the ex-Bengal was thrown to six times but failed to catch a pass.

• Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com says the Ravens and Sergio Kindle will reach an agreement as soon as Monday.

With Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle suffering a fractured skull in a mishap that occurred only days before the start of training camp, the team has yet to offer him the traditional multi-year deal that every drafted rookie eventually gets.

Instead, we're told that Kindle will be signing as soon as Monday the one-year, $320,000 offer that every team is required to tender to every draft pick.

With two weeks in the books, he'll get $282,000.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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