3 important things Baltimore Ravens learned in week 5
2. The Baltimore defense is coming along:
The Baltimore defense is coming along strong. This didn’t look like the same defense that got picked apart by the Kansas City Chiefs a couple of weeks ago. To be honest, it didn’t even look like the defense that was at least good enough against the Washington Football Team. The Ravens defense dominated the Bengals, and that may be an understated way of saying it. Joe Burrow had a lost fumble and an interception. The Bengals only had 205 total yards of offense in this game and Burrow was sacked seven times. Cincinnati couldn’t buy a third down conversion for most of the game. If it weren’t for a symbolic field goal (good for you Zac Taylor…) this would have been a shut out. The defense played well.
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Now it’s fair to say that the Ravens should have played well against the Bengals. This was a match up that called for sacks and turnovers. It was basically inevitable that the Bengals would have a rough day. That being said there were signs of life for greater things in bigger games. The Ravens did a good job disguising their pressures, something they didn’t do against the Chiefs, or really for most of the five week old season. The defense looked like things had started to come together and it was looking like it was supposed to when Don Martidnale planned out the season for the Ravens.
If this is the kind of defense that the Ravens get on a weekly basis, the Ravens are a team that has a chance to take things up a notch. The offense can get there, the defense may already be where it needs to be. Patrick Queen is the superstar linebacker the Ravens drafted him to be. Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters are both big play-makers. Everything the Ravens were supposed to be defensively, they were against the Bengals. The defense may have found the answers evading them earlier this year.