The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Cincinnati Bengals 15-10 where the low-lights included questionable penalties and an awful day from quarterback Joe Flacco who threw a career high four interceptions.
The opening half to this game looked like the same script from Monday night. Turnovers by the offense and the defense holding strong and making the opposition settle for Field goals.
Joe Flacco turned the ball over, this time throwing his first pick to Adam “Pacman” Jones who overtook Anquan Boldin on an inside route. It led to a Mike Nugent 30-yd Field goal to put the Bengals up 6-0.
The Ravens offense had one of it’s worst halves of football as they could only muster 77 total yards with 23 yards passing. Fortunately for Baltimore the Bengals weren’t faring much better as Carson Palmer (16-35, 167) had his own issues connecting with the reality duo of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. The Bengals also were continually snake-bit with penalties that often hurt their drives.
Baltimore showed signs of life on their opening possession of the second half. Flacco completed 4 of 5 passes as he hit reliable target Derrick Mason for a 31-yd touchdown to push the Ravens ahead 7-6.
The lead was short lived as a result of the first controversial call against the Ravens defense. On third down a potential sack from Ray Lewis was instead changed to an automatic First down due to a Tripping call. The replay showed Lewis being undercut and his momentum carried his legs into Palmer, who went down.
Mike Nugent hit his third Field goal of the night to give Cincinnati the lead 9-7.
In the Fourth quarter, Ray Rice burst through a seam for a thirty yard gain that set up a Billy Cundiff response from 38 yards out to reclaim the lead at 10-9.
Cincinnati responded quickly with a Bernard Scott kick return for 60 yards that the offense set up at the Baltimore 26-yd line. This is where the second questionable call of the day helped the Bengals as Terrell Suggs was called for a Roughing the Passer penalty. It was clear that Suggs had Palmer in his grasp as he let go of the ball and that his momentum carried he and Palmer to the ground. That gave Mike Nugent a chance to make his fiurth Field Goal of the game as the Bengals led 12-10.
Baltimore hoped to answer with their next drive but once again Joe Flacco couldn’t solve the Bengals defense. He was intercepted off a pass tipped at the line that all but sealed the defeat, after Mike Nugent knocked another Field Goal home to give the Bengals a 15-10.
Flacco and the offense had one last chance to drive down the field and he was picked off yet again as he threw into the teeth of the Bengals defense.
The Ravens (1-1) hope to right things next week as they travel back to Baltimore for their Home Opener in Week Three against another AFC North rival, the Cleveland Browns (0-2).