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Bengals vs. Ravens Recap September 11, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

The Bengals played fairly well against the Ravens, and their defense made some great plays on Monday night.  The Raven’s defense was once again forced to carry the entire team.  The game came down to the wire as the Bengals went on to win it 27-20.  Here is a full recap of the game.


McNair: 20-34, 203 yds, 1 Int, 3 Fum

McGahee: 19 rush, 77 yds, 0 TD

Mason: 7 rec, 77 yds, 0 TD

Smith: 5 rush, 30yds, 1 TD


Palmer: 20-32, 194 yds, 2 TD

Johnson: 18 rush, 50 yds, 0 TD

Houshmandzadeh: 9 rec, 50 yds, 1 TD

Johnson: 5 rec, 95 yds, 1 TD

  • The Raven’s defense were their usual selves.  They were able to contain Rudy Johnson and didn’t let Chad Johnson go off for an incredible game. Ray Lewis stayed in the game and continued to make plays after suffering a torn tricep muscle early in the game.  Ed Reed delivered hard hits and came up big on special teams, returning a punt for a 63 yard touchdown.

  • The Ravens continue to put all the pressure on their defense.  Willis McGahee was playing well, but the Ravens opted not to go to him in the closing minutes of the game.   McGahee saw the ball less and less as the game went on.  Willis McGahee was supposed to add offensive power to the Ravens, yet the Ravens refused to go to their newly acquired star running back.

  • Steve McNair was bothered by a groin injury the entire game, and was eventually sidelined by the injury in the closing minutes.  McNair struggled against the Bengal’s defense, throwing 1 interception and fumbling 3 times.  Boller stepped in for McNair and led the Ravens on an impressive drive only to come up short.

  • Although the Bengal’s running game struggled against an extraordinary Raven’s defense, the Bengals were able to move it through the air.  Palmer only had 194 yards, but threw 2 touchdowns to Johnson and Houshmandzadeh. 

  • The questionable call of the night came on the Ravens drive in an effort to tie the game or possibly win it. Todd Heap was called for offensive pass interference as he made a touchdown catch in the back of the end zone.  I don’t think this should have been called, but the refs made it up by calling holding on the Bengals the next play. The Ravens however, were unable to get in the endzone as Boller attempted to once again hit Heap for a touchdown with an uncatchable bullet pass that Heap had no chance of grabbing.  The pass hit Heap on the shoulder  and was intercepted by Michael Myers.

  • “Ocho Cinco” delivered on his promise to give the fans a show.  I was hoping for a better touchdown celebration but maybe next week he’ll step it up.


1. Sportsattitude - September 11, 2007

The Heap touchdown that was called back was a horrible call. When you turn over the ball as much as the Ravens did, you don’t deserve to win. Then again, what does it say about the Bengals to have been given so many chances and they still had to hold on at the end. It was a crazy game indeed. The best part was when Tony Kornheiser (who I love on PTI but not on MNF…) noted HC Marvin Lewis tossed his crutches to the ground…saying Lewis was yelling “I’m healed, I’m healed” when the Bengals clinched the win. Funny stuff.

2. The Mixtape Monster - September 11, 2007

Yeah the Ocho Cinco celebration was okay, and it took a long time to set up.

McNair’s fumbles I thought really costed them early.

3. Marquis Chapman - September 11, 2007

Yeah, I give the TD celebration a C. I was really surprised that McNair fumbled the ball so much.

4. Kimberly Mayfield - September 11, 2007

Wow Marquis! I am impressed. Thank you for sharing your blog with me. What do you think about Lane Kiffen and the Raider’s? What kind of season do you think will have?

5. Chase King - September 11, 2007

Yes, Ocho Cinco wasnt up to par with the inzone dance. His performance on the field was above average. The Ravens D did what they do best. Man the QB situation is still a problem there. I still think that if they had Peyton Manning they would be the best team ever to play.

6. Marquis Chapman - September 11, 2007

The Raiders really did not impress me against the Lions last week. Lamont Jordan continues to be a beast at running back. I still don’t know why they won’t let Culpepper see any action. I think he would do well due to the fact that he has a lot to prove.

And I agree with Chase with the whole Peyton Manning thing although I really like McNair. The Ravens have to improve their offense NOW because time is running out. Players are getting old.

7. hondajvx - September 11, 2007

What do you think the odds are that by week 8 that Byron Leftwich shows up in purple for the Ravens?

And the NFL needs a Don Nelson type coach who would have the balls to play a team like Chicago or Baltimore and just kneel and punt every time they got the ball, forcing their offense to do something.

8. Marquis Chapman - September 11, 2007

That would be a great pickup for the Ravens. They seem to be in love with Boller however. I really thought Leftwich would have been picked up by now, but we’ll see if he’ll be a Raven soon.

9. Young Kristoff - September 11, 2007

Honestly, i think you cannot put all of the blame on the referee with that Offensive PI. I think it was ridiculous for him to try and make up the call because this is not basketball where you can easily make up the calls like that. It is not Boller’s fault for not being ready to be in the game. You can tell he was very hesitant on what he wanted to do when he got into the red zone. It is not Heap’s fault because the pass was bulleted right to him when he was not ready for it. Yea he should have made the catch because it hit his numbers, but that catch would have been dropped by many players. The only blame that I can think of giving this loss to has to be whoever is the offensive play caller because they pay money for a power back in mcgahee, but didnt give him the ball where he can prove to everyone that they made the right descision. The ravens backs were dicing up the bengals D. I think they should have gave mcgahee the ball on all four downs. Horrible coaching and play calling by the offense.

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