Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


1. The Baltimore Ravens' cause was ultimately doomed in a 27-20 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night to open the season because of six turnovers, including three fumbles and an interception by veteran quarterback Steve McNair. One of McNair's fumbles was returned 34 yards for a touchdown. Later, he left the game with a groin injury and didn't return.

2. Backup quarterback Kyle Boller's fourth-quarter pass intended for tight end Todd Heap was intercepted by Michael Myers in a dramatic goal-line stand to seal the win for the Ravens' AFC North rivals. In relief of McNair, Boller completed 2 of 6 passes for 19 yards.

3. Bengals All-Pro quarterback Carson Palmer completed 20 of 32 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 100.3 rating. He was only sacked once.

4. Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden left the game after aggravating his hyperextended left big toe. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis was hampered by a triceps injury that team officials compared to a hamstring pull. Return specialist B.J. Sams suffered a major knee injury, and his status for the remainder of the season is in doubt. Tight end Daniel Wilcox sprained his right ankle and was on crutches afterward.

5. Bengals wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson combined for 14 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including Houshmandzadeh's game-winning 7-yard score with 8:48 remaining to regain the lead following safety Ed Reed's 63-yard punt return for a touchdown. Baltimore also committed 10 penalties for 86 yards.

-- Aaron Wilson


MatMurdock said...

You forgot reason number six: when you spend millions of dollars for a new running back and then eschew the running game in favor of low percentage passing plays (in spite of obvious success running the ball against a soft defense) you WILL lose. At it's essence football is about imposing your team's will on your opponent. The best way to do so while also demoralizing them is to run the ball. This is two games in a row (counting last year's playoff game) that Mr. Billick has done this; why does he continue to get a 'pass' from the local media? I drove 7 hours expecting and getting maximum effort from the players. Why can't we get that from the coaching staff?

Rashad Gray's Blog said...

As far as I'm concerned, WE WON THIS GAME!!! The Cincinnati Cheaters(That's right, I said Cheaters) need to get some honest referees and play fair football because when that ball landed in Heap's hands the game was tied(along with a Matt Stover field goal). That's okay, we'll be meeting them again soon. But, this time it'll be at our house. Get your popcorn ready

baltimore8444 said...

Billick needs to go back to traditional Ravens football. Use the Run to set up the pass. Willis needs to get at LEAST 25 carries a game, and Musa needs at least 10 coming of the bench. Then you can use the play action pass to set up the passing game and move the ball down field.