The fans will cry foul at the referees, and those with an axe to grind may point to a few key opportunities that the team missed on Sunday. But the true explanation for why the Baltimore Ravens lost at home to the Cincinnati Bengals this past weekend is that the Bengals were the better team.
They had a better game plan. Their players were better prepared, and their coaches called better plays at the right time. It was evident all afternoon as they converted on third down over and over. As their defense kept forcing the previously potent Ravens offense to punt.
TheyÆre a formidable opponent, and they proved it. The Ravens, meanwhile, proved they need to rethink their strategy going forward.
What was once a dominating defense hasnÆt looked the same without Rex Ryan cal ...
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Article written by Geoff Peckham