Sunday, November 20, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 31, Bengals 24
By Jamison Hensley
BALTIMORE -- Thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 31-24 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals:
What it means: The Ravens are tied with the Steelers atop the AFC North because of their ability to rebound from an embarrassing loss. Baltimore has won 12 straight games the week following a loss. The Bengals showed they can compete with the Ravens and Steelers, but they came up short in the fourth quarter in both games.
Thumbs up: Wide receiver Torrey Smith. The Ravens' second-round pick caught six passes for 165 yards. He scored on a 38-yard reception in the fourth quarter when he split the safeties and he made a 49-yard grab in the second quarter that set up Baltimore's second touchdown of the game.
Huge replay reversal: It looked like the Bengals had closed to three points (31-28) with 5:35 remaining when Jermaine Gresham scored a 9-yard touchdown. But the officials reversed the decision on the field because they ruled that Gresham lost the ball while going to the ground. The Bengals had to settle for a field goal instead.
Andy Dalton's mistakes: Although he delivered an impressive attempt at a comeback -- he threw for almost 200 yards in the fourth quarter -- Dalton threw two critical interceptions in the second half. Both times, the Ravens converted them quickly into touchdowns.
What's next: The Bengals play their third straight division game when they meet the Cleveland Browns at home. The Ravens have a quick turnaround, playing the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night in the Harbaugh bowl.