Ravens beat Bengals 23-17: The good, bad and ugly
The game started off with the quickest imaginable 7-0 lead for the Bengals. The Bengals were able to take the opening kickoff for a touchdown. It was bad lane discipline. Basic football principles seem to trouble the purple and black. There isn’t an excuse for that. The Ravens had two players take themselves out of position and it opened up an all too easy lane for a touchdown. This was a very costly mistake. It made the game a lot closer than it actually felt like it was.
The other huge mistake of this game goes to one of the Ravens’ best players. Mark Andrews fumbled away a great looking drive for Baltimore. He chose to hurdle over a Bengals defender, he got popped up in a bad spot and the ball came free. It was an unnecessary risk and it allowed the Bengals to score a field goal before the halftime intermission. These are the kinds of plays that the Ravens can’t afford against good teams. Hopefully, they got this kind of thing out of their system and against a 0-5 team it didn’t cost them as much as it could have.
The game was mostly positive. There were some things they need to clean up on. The Andrews fumble and the kickoff return for a touchdown are inexcusable mistakes. That being said there wasn’t a lot of ugly in this game from a Baltimore perspective. The Ravens handled the Bengals much more than the scoreboard says they did. Stick with Ebony Bird for all your Ravens post game needs. More Ravens content is coming today and we’re on top of it every single day.