Outstanding! The Ravens came into a very hostile environment and matched the Bengals blow for blow. Right out of the gate, the Ravens let everybody know that they came to play, were not going to roll over like past road games and take everything the Bengals could throw at them, and then some.
Cincy clawed back, and hit the Ravens with everything they could. Baltimore absorbed the body blow and fought threw it. While the Bengals are a young and up-and-coming team, the Ravens set the tone early and then held on for the victory.
Ray Rice. Not one, but two homeruns. He is the best all around running back in the NFL. He played best when it counted the most this season.
Now, if I mention Rice, I have to give the big fella some love- Vonta Leach. He proved once again why I dubbed him the "human No. 2 pencil" because he just erases people. Maualuga is going to have nightmares about Vonta.
Flacco. He made the passes he had to make and he moved around in the pocket to extend plays. If receivers would learn how to not drop passes, Flacco would have had an even prettier statistical day.
The TE's. Collectively they had a very good game. Pitta with a TD on a sweet Flacco pass that was dropped in the bucket and Dickson holding onto the ball when he almost got de-cleated.
Cam. Called passes when he had to and called runs when required. No issues with the gameplan or play calling.
Cary Williams. Looking like the good Cary Williams today on pass defense.
Webb. The guy is rapidly becoming a shutdown corner. Having a Pro-Bowl season and like Rice, playing best when it matters most.
Suggs. Forced fumble and a sack. He is your 2011 DPOY.
The O-line penalties and New England not losing last week or this week. That's it.
Takes a holiday in celebration of the bye and home playoff game.
This bye is sorely needed by the Ravens. Boldin should be back and hopefully any other nagging injuries should be healed.
This team has risen to the occasion when it mattered the most. Undefeated at home and swept the division -first time for both. Say it loud and say it proud, "AFC North Champs!"
Cannot wait to see who is going to come a callin' in two weeks. In front of the home crowd, healed and rested, the Ravens should be loaded to bear. Given the impressive victory in Cincy, you have got to believe this team can make it to Indy.