Here is what somemedia covering the Bengals had to say about the Ravens' 44-13 season-openingwin over Cincinnati at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday night:
Paul Daugherty, CincinnatiEnquirer"The Bengalswere entirely forgettable Monday night. ... The prime-time footlights favoredthe Ravens. They blinded the Bengals. Bengals 13, Ravens 44 was anembarrassment. Flat out. ... This could have been a chance to turn somenational heads, away from the division-darling Ravens and their anointed"elite" QB, Joe Flacco, and toward the team in Flyover Country.Instead, it was an affirmation that the "experts" were right on themoney, at least for a week."Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com"The Bengals bidto compete with the elite of the AFC North blew up badly in front of a MondayNight Football audience at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens went into thefourth quarter scoring two points for every minute they had the ball. ...
Bengals-killer EdReed completed the bloody deed with a 34-yard interception return for atouchdown late in the third quarter ... Throw in a fumbleby (Andy) Dalton as Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata drove his 330 pounds into histhrowing shoulder and the rout was both ugly and long."
Josh Kirkendall, Cincyjungle.comThis wasCincinnati's night in a nut shell. A slice of Swiss cheese with peppered holesfor Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to complete footballs three times the size ofregulation. Gaps for trains like Ray Rice to split through the line ofscrimmage, carrying conversations with escorting offensive linemen beforefeeling pressure from late-arriving Bengals defenders. ...Baltimore'soffense wore down Cincinnati's defense and Andy Dalton's offense slowlydeclined into an embarrassment of turnovers and defeated facial expressions....But again it wasCincinnati's defense that disappointed most of Cincinnati's prospects. Grantedthe Ravens were expected to win the game, but Cincinnati was also expected tohave their starters playing midway into the fourth quarter. Instead it turnedinto a preseason game with backups and clock-killing runs that an empty Ravensstadium watched unfold." Joe Reedy, CincinnatiEnquirer"Theconsensus on opinions was that the Bengals were going to lose, but no oneexpected it to be as bad as it turned out. In a lot of ways it resembled the2010 opener at New England, where the Bengals came out flat and the 14-pointmargin of defeat did not indicate how one-sided it was. In this one, the31-point margin showed how much of a drubbing this truly was.If the Bengalswere trying to make a statement, there were an abundance of things they showed the secondary continues to be a major concern, the linebackers continue tostruggle and the learning curve appears steeper than it was earlier Monday. Thepositives? Other receivers stepped up and the Bengals have a back in(BenJarvus) Green-Ellis."