Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Highlights Bengals vs. Ravens NFL Week 9

The Bengals got off to a quick start against the Ravens, and then the defense saved the day. The Bengals offense was awesome in the first half, and for the game out-gained the Ravens 369-215 yards, and 35 of the Raven's came on a meaningless last second play. Coles finished the game as the Bengals top receiver, catching 6 passes for 72 yards, and Ochocinco caught 5 for 66. Cedric Benson had 34 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown, not a great average, but he sure did get stuffed a lot late. Carson finished with a 91.0 passer rating, better than Flacco's 48.3, on 20/33 passing for 224 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals possessed the ball for 40:00 to the Ravens 20:00.

The defense really stepped up with a huge sack before the two minute warning, forcing the Ravens to use their second time out with 2:18 on the clock and a big, long third down facing them. Sacks are huge in 2 minute drills. It was 4-down territory, though, and on 3rd and 19 Flacco was sacked by Geathers.

Video highlights of the Bengals vs. Ravens.

First Half of the Season

The first half of the Bengal's 2009 season is in the books, and Bengal fans everywhere have to be happy with the results. Save for a fluke play against Denver in the opener, the only real dud has been against the Houston Texans, who have proved that they are no slouches this year.

Only serious Bengal Fanatics could have seen a 6-2 record at this point of the year. Even those prognosticators who thought that Cincinnati might challenge for the play-offs this year thought that the Bengals would have to play .500 ball in the first half because of the murderers row they faced, and would clean-up in the second half when the schedule eases a bit.

There are a lot of great story-lines for this version of the Bengals, and a number of surprises. I am almost not sure where to start, but here goes:

#1 The play of the offensive line is number one. The biggest question mark coming into this season was how well the revamped offensive line would play. This question came more into focus as their number one draft pick, number six over-all held out for almost all of training camp, and then broke his foot on the second day of practice. Yet a line with two, sometimes three, college free agents has done a masterful job of protecting Carson Palmer, and opening holes for Cedric Benson. Coach Alexander has done a masterful job working with Kyle Cook, Dennis Roland, Evan Mathis, Nate Livings, Bobbie Williams, and Andrew Whitworth.

#2 The play of the entire defense. There was some thought at the beginning of the season that the addition of Rey Rey, and some of the Free Agents that had been brought in would give the Bengal's defense something it had been missing for quite a while, an identity. This has proven to be true. People are beginning to take notice that the Bengals have a tough, hard hitting, fast defense, that is getting sacks, taking the ball away, and making it hard to score. Coach Zimmer has been a master at taking the mix of young players and veterans and making them a unit.

#3 Cedric Benson, this is a great story, a guy with loads of talent, but untapped, and going to waste. He has given the Bengals a great weapon, and taken the pressure off Carson Palmer. While I think people expected Benson to be good, they did not expect him to be challenging for the top runner in the league.

#4 Chad Ocho-Cinco, I think a lot of people thought Chad was past his prime, that his days as an elite receiver were over. Chad has proven this was not the case. He has been a major weapon in the Bengal's arsenal.

Here are a couple of videos with highlights of the first half of the Cincinnati Bengals' 2009 season.

2009 Cincinnati Bengals Rookies

The 2009 Cincinnati Bengals rookie class may go down as one of the best in the franchises history. What we have seen from Rey Maualuga, Morgan Trent, Kevin Huber, and Michael Johnson have been very positive, and I expect to see great things from Andre Smith, Chase Coffman, and Fui Vakapuna before their careers are done in Cincinnati.

Check out this highlight video of the Cincinnati Bengal 2009 rookie class showing some of their best highlights from College, it includes Andre Smith, Rey Maualuga, Michael Johnson, Chase Coffman.