Ravens Monday Post Game Wrap Up
by Frank Bonincontri
Final Score: Bengals 34, Ravens 23
What went right: After going down 21-0, the Ravens finally started to put together some drives towards the end of the second quarter. Buck Allen sparked the offense by scoring a short 1 yard touchdown run. The Bengals quickly scored again with a Tyler Boyd touchdown grab, but the Ravens were able to answer back with another 1 yard Mark Andrews touchdown pass. Alex Collins seemed to heat up at the end of the second quarter and into the third but the Ravens quickly abandoned the running game and tried playing catch up with a hurry up offense and heavy passing attack. John Brown caught a beautiful 21 yard touchdown pass and is looking like the team’s consistent deep threat. However, he had a drop in the end zone that should have been caught for a touchdown. Justin Tucker also went Justin Tucker and nailed a 55 yard field goal in the third quarter.
What went wrong: The Ravens seemed to really want to force the passing game in the first half. Joe Flacco was picked off early by safety Jeremy Bates on what may have been the result of staring down his receiver and threw a total of three interceptions for the game. Linebacker C.J. Mosley was carted off the field early in the first quarter and later diagnosed with a bone bruise. The defense gave up three touchdowns to A.J. Green and another to receiver Tyler Boyd in the first half. They were also unable to force Andy Dalton into any mistakes. The defensive line constantly got pushed around by the Bengals and was unable to generate much of a pass rush or contain the Bengals receivers allowing numerous explosive plays all night. On two crucial scenarios late in the game, the defense was able to force back-to-back three & outs against the Bengals offense after the Ravens failed on a 4th down attempt, and again after a Joe Flacco interception. Unfortunately, the Ravens offense did nothing with the opportunity after getting the ball right back.
Injuries:. Linebacker C.J. Mosley left early in the first quarter, diagnosed with bone bruise. Safety Chuck Clark also exited in the third quarter with a possible leg/ankle injury.
Looking ahead: The Ravens host the Denver Broncos at home and will have to face a heavy pass rush with Von Miller and company. The Ravens defense must generate a more consistent pass rush and force Case Keenum into mistakes. The offense would be wise to incorporate a quick passing game to keep the pressure off of Joe Flacco and a commitment to the run game will be very important.
Notable: Joe Flacco is now 3-7 in Cincinnati and could have matched the Ravens record comeback (21 points, in 2011, against the Cardinals) but came up short after a Carlos Dunlap forced fumble. Michael Crabtree faces his former AFC West rival Denver Broncos next week but will not have to see his gold chain snatching arch rival Aqib Talib.
Fantasy: If, IF you have Joe Flacco on your roster, consider him in the doghouse or hit that waiver wire for Sam Darnold, Tyrod Taylor or even Andy Dalton if available…I called for John Brown as a flex play last week and he delivered, I’m keeping him there until someone else on my roster presents a better opportunity…The Ravens defense looked bad, but stay patient and do not drop them, it’s a long season…Mark Andrews is gaining some momentum but I am not adding him yet, strictly radar status for the next few weeks…Alex Collins made some nice plays and looks to continue his bruising running style, I am keeping him as my RB2…Buck Allen is also on my radar and makes a nice bye week fill-in for your starters.
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