Ravens don't feel they're in Dalton's head

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens defense has owned Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the red zone, on third downs and in the fourth quarter.

The Ravens, though, don't feel like they own Dalton heading into Sunday's season opener.

Why is that? He still has a 2-4 record against the Ravens despite struggling mightily against them.

For his career, Dalton has completed 53.9 percent of his passes against the Ravens for 1,459 yards passing (an average of 243 yards per game). He has thrown six touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 62.4 passer rating.

To put that in perspective, that rating is only slightly better than the one Brandon Weeden has against the Ravens (61.3). It's also Dalton's second-lowest rating against any team with at least two starts (only his 59.0 rating against the Miami Dolphins is lower).

"This is the NFL. The good ones don’t allow you to get in their head," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We’ve had some success against a lot of quarterbacks in this league, and somehow, someway, they still manage to find a way to beat us sometimes. The good ones never really let you get in their head, and I don’t think we’re even close to doing that with this kid."

Dalton has completed only six passes in the red zone against the Ravens. He has connected on 45.4 percent of his third-down throws against the Ravens. And he has been picked off three times in the fourth quarter against the Ravens.

In many ways, the Bengals have won in spite of Dalton.

"The Ravens have been good for a long time on defense," Dalton said. "They have a really good scheme with really good players; they present some challenges. They do a good job in some of their blitz packages getting guys free, and they’re able to do it with just four guys up front as well. The big thing [is] you have to stop the pressure up front to have a chance to get down the field on them. They do a really good job up there.”