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Nov 10, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals at M

If there’s one thing that the Cincinnati Bengals learned the hard way during Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, it’s that they aren’t good enough to give away free yardage against even an average football team and expect to win, especially on the road. Penalties doomed the Bengals from the start of Sunday’s game, and while there were a few in particular that were “questionable” at best, this has been a problem for much of the year that reached an all-time high Sunday.

The Bengals lost 114 yards on seven penalties alone in the first-half as the Ravens built a 17-0 lead that proved to be too much for Cincinnati to overcome:

"“That was incredible. I have never seen a run of penalties so one-sided, and we were still 17-0 at half,” Lewis said. “I just don’t know how they can be so lopsided all the time. It was six- or seven-to-one in the first half, and they were huge plays. At one time, I looked up and there were five penalties for 95 yards, and then we got one after that. Some of them were just in a bad run of it because we’re not that far off of it. Things happen, and we get a facemask when we’re rushing with a blitzer (safety Chris Crocker). So, some things, we can’t help.”"