The Ravens ended their five-game skid vs. Cincinnati with a nail-biting 19-14 win in Week 12 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. RSR staff react to the win.
The Ravens finally ended their losing skid on a day when the defense and Justin Tucker saved the day.
The offense continues to be atrocious and at this point in the season they likely won’t be any change. Two costly penalties by Steve Smith Sr. were completely uncalled for.
Big props to the defense who kept the Ravens in the game. It started up front stopping the run and ended with the batted passes at the end of the game.
Again it is never easy nor is it every pretty but the Ravens get back to first place in the division with Miami coming to town next week
The Ravens marched right down the field on their opening drive and scored a touchdown, then never ran another play in the red zone. Yet, they walk away the victors thanks to four Justin Tucker field goals – three from over 50 yards – and a clutch forced fumble by Elvis Dumervil & recovery by Lawrence Guy.
High-five to John Harbaugh & Jerry Rosburg for giving us Super Bowl XLVII flashbacks with the ultra-smart play at the end of the game. Gotta love Dan Fouts not knowing the rules.
I still have no confidence in this team moving forward – not when Marty Mornhinweg insists on running the ball from the shotgun (which this team has struggled with all season) on 2nd-and-1. Not when the muddle-huddle is working, but they go away from it. Not when as soon as the game gets tight, the discipline goes out the window to draw laundry.
Beating the Bengals again is certainly nice, though. Bring on Miami.
Regardless of whether it was ugly or not the Ravens get a crucial division win. In doing so they remain atop the AFC North and more or less make it a two horse race, with Cincy sitting at 3-7-1.
After a hot start the offense went back to looking like a unit that’s ranked near the bottom of the league. After going up 19-9 they implemented a dangerous strategy that’s become too familiar. Playing conservative, lacking a finishing instinct and playing not to lose instead of playing to win. It almost came back to bite them. This team won’t go anywhere if the offense can’t play a complete game.
The defense again dominated although a couple of boneheaded plays (a dropped interception by Eric Weddle and a hands to the face penalty by Albert McClellan almost) almost cost them big.
Great heads up coaching by Harbaugh to end the game. His special teams background really came in handy.
John Harbaugh proved to know his special teams rules and it helped win the game. The D-line was phenomenal and the secondary actually played pretty well.
Offensively it reminded me of the Matt Stover years. Justin Tucker is the best kicker in football. The two-headed running backs are fun to watch with their huge power. But Flacco and the receivers continue to struggle and that will hurt them as they head towards the playoffs. But a win is a win and first place is first place.
We’ll post more knee-jerk reactions as they roll in!