Bengals face tough battle in red zone against the Ravens

Cincinnati converts most TD opportunities, but Ravens rank higher in denying them

November 16, 2011|Kevin Goheen, Cincinnati Enquirer contributor

Three of the four times the offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers reached the Bengals' 20-yard line last Sunday it didn't stop until the goal line had been breached. Only once did the Bengals hold the Steelers to a field goal.

The Bengals got a touchdown on their lone trip to the Pittsburgh red zone but the disparity in scoring chances and execution were a pivotal part of Cincinnati's 24-17 loss.

It was just the second time all season an opponent (Seattle) had more possessions in the red zone than the Bengals and the second time a team (San Francisco was the first) had outscored them in those situations.

Winning in the red zone figures to be just as important but certainly not any easier this Sunday when the Bengals head to Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium to face the Ravens.

Baltimore's defense is ranked No. 3 in the NFL in its stinginess against opposing offenses inside the 20-yard line.

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