Well, that certainly didn’t go well.
The Bengals got put in their place by the Ravens. If it wasn’t for a late field goal, Cincinnati would’ve been shut out. This comes after one of their best performances of the season and Zac Taylor era last week.
What makes it more frustrating is if the offense showed any signs of life, they might have actually had a shot at the upset this week. That was no where close to the case, though. Here is how twitter reacted to the Bengals getting dismantled this week.
The Bengals didn’t do themselves any favors by falling down to the Ravens 17-0 by early into the second quarter. The offense was the major culprit here as they couldn’t move the ball, and a couple of turnovers really put Cincinnati’s defense into terrible spots. It wasn’t an ideal start for a young team looking to go into Baltimore to get an upset, and it really set the tone for the day.
First quarter reaction: the Ravens are making Joe Burrow look like a rookie.— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) October 11, 2020
talked about the bengals using more 4-3 looks with @CoachMinich today. akeem davis-gaither out there with bynes and pratt.— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) October 11, 2020
and whew what a reverse.
Bengals o-line has no idea what it's doing when an opponent blitzes.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 11, 2020
Good lord that was ugly... like everybody quit except for Peters— Elise Jesse (@EliseJesseTV) October 11, 2020
This one is getting away from the Bengals.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 11, 2020
Jackson with his second TD of the day, this one to Hollywood Brown.
Ravens 17, Bengals 0, 14:56 2Q.
Baltimore scores 17 points in 15 minutes pic.twitter.com/7Hyc3vQMmU— (@stripe_city) October 11, 2020
Ball Game.. with 14:56 to go in the 2nd QTR— undstand (@Cincy_Suave) October 11, 2020
Ravens are making Joe Burrow play like a rookie. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) October 11, 2020
The one thing the Bengals can take away from this game is that this defense is capable of giving the offense a chance to beat the Ravens. Holding Lamar Jackson and that offense to only 20 points (seven came on a defensive play for the Ravens), is an absolute win for that unit. What is crazy is they could’ve done even better if they didn’t drop two gimme interceptions.
Who'd have thought, as ugly as this game has been for us, the defense has kinda held their ground, and it's the offense now that's just completely out of sorts.— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) October 11, 2020
Of course, the problem is, if they make adjustments and come out scoring, they're down big to the Ravens.
Defense: better than we thought— (@stripe_city) October 11, 2020
Offense: worse than we thought
I’ve been shockingly impressed by the defense.— DarthNoobSaibot (@DarthNoobSaibot) October 11, 2020
To be fair the defense did a pretty good with Lamar Jackson today.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) October 11, 2020
The Bengals offensive line had a good day last week against the Jaguars. It gave us all a glimpse of what this offense can accomplish when the offensive line isn’t an issue. Joe Burrow was dropping dimes all game and Joe Mixon had his best game of the season.
That is part of the reason that the protection was so unacceptable this week against the Ravens. It shows how this year is being wasted because this team has yet to find a way to make this offensive line not an issue in 2020. A unit that has been a major issue for years now. They wasted the prime years of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, and now they are endangering Burrow’s health.
This post usually is broken up in to quite a few sections, but it is easy to see why a good portion of this week’s post is dedicated to the fans reactions to the offensive line not even showing up today.
Tried to throw out warnings about not overreacting to the line playing well against JAX. These are the big boys.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 11, 2020
As Joe Burrow gains more experience he'll learn to throw the ball away when there is nothing there. Magic doesn't happen on every play. Live to fight another down. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) October 11, 2020
If you are running a pitch to the short side on 2nd and 13, you are just avoiding Burrow getting hit... just take him out...— undstand (@Cincy_Suave) October 11, 2020
Another 2nd and long run, but that may be all we have to protect Burrow.— BENGALS TALK (@BengalsTalk) October 11, 2020
I miss Christian Westerman— Justin Cashman (@JCashman27) October 11, 2020
We're there. We can't know if his play-calling would be any good because his blindness to the issues with his o-line coach and the unit as a whole is overshadowing everything. https://t.co/2SqsBDHbcj— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 11, 2020
Bengals may only be down 17, but they may as well be down 50 with the way the offense has played today.— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) October 11, 2020
Bengals comments will be blistering.— Willie Anderson (@BigWillie7179) October 11, 2020
I'm not hopping on live here at halftime, I'm filling up my drink, instead— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) October 11, 2020
Third down. Free runner up the middle.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 11, 2020
Stop me if you've heard this before.
These are gonna take their toll down the line.— Willie Anderson (@BigWillie7179) October 11, 2020
Don’t know who fault is what . But just remember people Protection is started with Qb calling out a point then center calls protection . The Qb has the authority to change the protection call. Carson’s rookie season Richie Braham handle all protection Calls to make easier on CP— Willie Anderson (@BigWillie7179) October 11, 2020
Apparently, they could not https://t.co/hrXPFVy2r2— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 11, 2020
I literally would be OK if the #Bengals did max protect the rest of the game. Send out only 3. Protect Joe.— Matt (@MrKCincy) October 11, 2020
Rich Gannon blaming Joe Burrow for sacks is like blaming assault victims for “being in the wrong place”.— undstand (@Cincy_Suave) October 11, 2020
We’ll hear from Joe Burrow after the game. He has yet to be critical of the O-line play, but after today. Goodness.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) October 11, 2020
We are ruining Joe Burrow. He's going to start developing bad habits if he feels like he has to be Superman on every play.— Logi B 513 (@Logi513) October 11, 2020
The same way I’m watching Burrow. https://t.co/DE0fLOI8Wb— BENGALS TALK (@BengalsTalk) October 11, 2020
Tucker FG ups the Ravens lead to 20-0. This kind of says it all pic.twitter.com/rF7RiUAA3E— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 11, 2020
Joe Burrow stepping back to pass pic.twitter.com/6uNyLuxkkN— Blake Jewell (@bjewell43_) October 11, 2020
This coaching staff is going to get Burrow hurt dialing up these slow progressing pass plays with this oline. Goodness. SEVEN SACKS. #Bengals— Reggie Wilson (@ReggieWilsonTV) October 11, 2020
The end brings mercy for Bengals today
There was never really any signs of life from this Bengals offense today. A lot of that stems from the fact this team had no idea how to protect against the blitz all day. That being said, the reactions to this loss were fairly predictable as no one was really holding out hope for a comeback. This loss is a nice reality check for fans, and maybe one this team needed as well after their first win of the season last week.
Patrick Queen's scoop-and-score accurately sums up how this game has went for the Bengals.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 11, 2020
I watched Ed Reed and guys practice that on the daily in 2008 . It’s unbelievable they keep that tradition going . #Ravens— Willie Anderson (@BigWillie7179) October 11, 2020
Heads gotta roll. Do something.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 11, 2020
My final thoughts:— Adam's Hour (@Adams_Hour) October 11, 2020
- Burrow is a rookie and has to learn from this game, esp with Colts next week...
- Zac Taylor has yet shown me that he's able to be our HC.
- Our defense had a surprisingly good game.
- AJ Green needs to be traded, even for a late-round pick at this point.
Bengals avoid a shutout with that Randy Bullock field goal. Cincinnati just happy to get this game over with.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 11, 2020
Burrow has had the perpetual look of "this is b@+# s#$%" on his face most of the day. #Bengals— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) October 11, 2020
You know how many times in the last four years I've typed "yep, that felt like a 90s game"?— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 11, 2020
from Scott Taetsch (Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/FWkd1spwnh— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) October 11, 2020