Defense – This defense is good. On Sunday, thanks to interceptions and laughable punts, the Ravens had great field position all game long. The Ravens average drive started at the Baltimore 35. Their 4 scoring drives had an average start at the Bengals 43 and covered a total of just 133 yards – meaning their average scoring drive covered just 33 yards.
The Ravens started 4 drives in Cincinnati territory and in those drive, the Bengals surrendered just 2 FGs, 1 TD and 1 INT. 3 of the Ravens scoring drives were compliments of a Dalton INT and the last was compliments of a 10 yard punt.
The Ravens had only 2 drives longer than 40 yards (61 and 71) – also there only 2 drives of more than 7 plays (12 and 13) – and those drives resulted in a FG and a turnover on downs. On the day, the Bengals gave up just 222 yards on 14 drives (15.9 yards per drive).
That makes 3 straight games that the defense has held the opponent to under 300 total yards (209-Min, 279-Pitt)…and to think, this has all been done without their 2 starting CBs and without the best DT in the NFL.
QB Pressure – The Bengals only had 2 sacks, but they had 7 QB hits and Flacco never looked comfortable in the pocket – to the tune of 1 TD, 3 INTs and a 13.2 QBR.