Last week, the Ravens defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-3, to improve their record to 8-4. The Ravens got on the board first when K Matt Stover hit a 27-yard field goal. The Ravens took a 6-0 lead when Stover hit a 21-yard field goal. Next, Ravens QB Joe Flacco found TE Todd Heap in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown score. Bengals K Shayne Graham hit a 21-yard field goal, and the Ravens went into halftime with a 13-3 lead. Then, the Ravens perfectly executed a reverse in which WR Mark Clayton threw to WR Derrick Mason wide open in the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown. To make the score 27-3, Joe Flacco threw to Mark Clayton, who made a beautiful one-handed catch and then ran into the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown. The last score of the game was on a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by SS Jim Leonhard.
Other Game Notes: The Ravens defense forced the Bengals to punt 11 times and only get 6 first downs. This is the first time since 2002 that the Ravens won both games against the Bengals.
Player of the Game: Ravens WR Mark Clayton- 5 catches, 164 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 32 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown.
Next Sunday night, the Ravens take on the 7-5 Washington Redskins in Baltimore on Sunday Night Football. All three matchups between these two teams have ended up being decided by a touchdown or less. Redskins DE Jason Taylor had two sacks in the last time he faced the Ravens, that was last year when Taylor was a Dolphin. The Redskins rushing offense is lead by RB Clinton Portis, and ranks 6th in the NFL. But, Portis has struggled in the past few weeks, and it won’t get any easier facing the Ravens rush defense, which is ranked 3rd in the NFL. The Redskins defense will face a tough test Sunday, as they face the 10th highest scoring offense in the NFL. Plus, the three-headed running attack of Le’Ron McClain, Ray Rice, and Willis McGahee. In a tough and physical game, I predict a 31-21 Ravens victory.
Suggestion: The Ravens need to keep momentum throughout the game to force the Redskins to make mistakes.
Key Matchups for Ravens vs. Redskins
Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Redskins CB Shawn Springs Edge: Mason
Ravens LT Jared Gaither vs. Redskins DE Jason Taylor Edge: Taylor
Ravens RB Le’Ron McClain vs. Redskins LB London Fletcher Edge: McClain
Ravens CB Samari Rolle vs. Redskins WR Antwan Randle El Edge: Randle El
Ravens DT Haloti Ngata vs. Redskins C Casey Rabach Edge: Ngata
Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Redskins RB Clinton Portis Edge: Lewis
Player Injury Status
DL Lamar Divens Shoulder DBT
G David Hale Ankle DBT
T Jared Gaither Shoulder QST
WR Derrick Mason Shoulder QST
S Ed Reed Thigh QST
CB Samari Rolle Thigh QST
LB Nick Greisen Back PRB
WR Marcus Maxwell Hip PRB
RB Willis McGahee Illness PRB
LB Bart Scott Shoulder PRB
CB Fabian Washington Shoulder PRB
Player Injury Status
LB Marcus Washington Ankle OUT
DE Andre Carter Foot QST
LB London Fletcher Foot QST
DT Kendrick Golston Ankle QST
DT Cornelius Griffin Shoulder/Abdomen QST
RB Clinton Portis Knee/Back QST
CB Shawn Springs Calf QST
LB Alfred Fincher Non-Injury Related PRB
S LaRon Landry Calf PRB
G Pete Kendall Knee PRB
T Chris Samuels Knee PRB
CB Fred Smoot Non-Injury Related PRB
G Randy Thomas Neck PRB
AFC North Standings
Team W L T
Steelers 9 3 0
Ravens 8 4 0
Browns 4 8 0
Bengals 1 10 1
AFC North Outlook: The Ravens are in the same position as last week. The Steelers host the Cowboys. The Browns head to Tennessee to play the Titans. The Bengals visit the Colts in Indianapolis.
Well, that’s it for this week’s version of my Ravens Report, see ya next week, let’s go kick the Redskins’s butts!