Dalton, Bengals couldn't exploit Ravens

Dalton, Bengals couldn't exploit Ravens
December 30, 2012, 4:45 pm
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Harbaugh: Lots of positives in Ravens loss

If you looked out of the window during Sunday’s Ravens-Bengals game, you may have been startled to see snow on the ground — because when you see a game like that, it’s usually August.

As the regular-season finale turned into a preseason game with backups galore — Bryant McKinnie sighting at left tackle! — what were some of the lessons learned?

There’s one of them that would only encourage the Ravens and discourage the Bengals should the two end up meeting in the playoffs. Cincinnati could not move the ball on the Baltimore defense. When quarterback Andy Dalton was still in the game, even with the Ravens playing minus starters Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Bernard Pollard and the just-activated Ray Lewis, the Bengals did little.

Yeah, Dalton ended up 10 of 15 passing, but they weren’t racking up the yards. The Bengals had only four first downs in the first half and scored one touchdown. That’s not the way you want your offense humming heading into the postseason.