Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro (15) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The first half showed some promise for the Bengals at times, but penalties have killed this offense as they tried to get down the field. The defense has bent and kept the Ravens in check plus a greedy offensive call has proven to be the fault of this Ravens team as they are down 7-6 going into the half instead of 7-9 like it could have been if they would have kicked a short field goal instead of a fourth and goal stop.
The Bengals offense was dominate on their first drive but penalties have hurt the Bengals on plays that would have resulted in first downs. Andre Smith was called for both, although questionable on the second call in my mind. Greg Little has provided a solid spark to this receiving core and Andy Dalton has been smart with the football through the first half. Jermaine Gresham almost coughed up the ball but regained it back in the Bengals last possession of the half.
The Bengals defense needs to force a punt. They have had a fourth down stop but allowed two field goals in 3 possessions for the Baltimore Ravens. The defense can not expect this offense to continue to score on every drive to separate the score, but this defense needs to give the offense good field position, something they haven’t had all game to this point.
The second half should be as entertaining as the first, but this Bengals team will need to limit the penalties and give themselves better opportunities if they are going to find themselves on the right side of the scoreboard this week. Baltimore will get the ball to start the second half.