Cumberland Times-News

Football

November 10, 2013

Bengals still measure success by showing vs Ravens

Cincinnati can take control of AFC North with a win

BALTIMORE — The Cincinnati Bengals have long admired and respected the success of the Baltimore Ravens, their accomplished rival in the AFC North.
That feeling hasn’t changed, even though the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens bring a 3-5 record into Sunday’s matchup against the first-place Bengals.
Cincinnati (6-3) has far outshined Baltimore this season, yet the Bengals still believe the true test of how far they’ve come will be determined by how they fare against the desperate Ravens.
“I always use the Baltimore Ravens as a measuring stick,” said Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, who earned a Super Bowl ring in 2001 as Baltimore’s defensive coordinator.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown four interceptions and only two touchdown passes in four career games against the Ravens. Although the Baltimore defense has changed dramatically since that Super Bowl victory last February, Dalton knows he must be at his best on Sunday at a stadium where Cincinnati hasn’t won since 2009.
“The Ravens have been one of the best teams in this division for a while,” Dalton said. “Anytime you can go against teams like they’ve had, you see where you’re at and see what kind of team that you’ve got. We don’t expect anything less this year.”
With a victory, Baltimore can move within a game of Cincinnati in the loss column. A defeat would all but end the Ravens’ chances of repeating as division champs.
“We’re kind of in a corner, but you’re always in a corner,” coach John Harbaugh said. “How we handle it will be what’s remembered.”
The Ravens are teetering on the edge of a cliff. The Bengals are poised to give them a hefty push.
“This game is more important to them,” Cincinnati left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “We realize we have a chance to go in and take control of our division.”

Text Only
Football
  • SPTS-FBN-Rams-YouthPlays.jpg Rams rebuilding job leans heavily on kids

    Training camp opened with 62 players age 24 or younger, many of them front-liners. The Rams are counting on the kids to grow up fast and lead the way for a franchise seeking its first winning season since 2003.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stags try to ford Rivermen

    The Western Maryland Stags, a semi-pro football team of the Mason Dixon Football League, will play their third game today, 7 p.m., at Greenway Avenue Stadium against the North Neck Rivermen.

    July 25, 2014

  • Stags search for first victory

    The Western Maryland Stags, a semi-pro football team of the Mason Dixon Football League, will play their second game today, 7 p.m., at Greenway Avenue Stadium against the Arbutus Big Red.

    July 19, 2014

  • FBN-ChuckNoll-QuoteBox.jpg Past players, co-workers remember Hall of Fame coach

    “Chuck Noll’s passing is more than the loss of the man who created Steeler Nation. It is the passing of a husband, a father, and a wise and steady counselor to a generation of players and employees of the most storied franchise in football." — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and first lady Susan Corbett.

    June 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPTS-FBN-Obit-ChuckNoll.jpg Steelers' Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll dies

    Chuck Noll died Friday night at his home. He was 82.

    June 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPTS-US-Obama Seahawks.jpg Obama salutes Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks

    “As a guy who was elected president named Barack Obama, I root for the underdog,” the president joked.

    May 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPTS-FBN-Browns Manziel.jpg Browns QB Johnny Manziel: ‘I’m just a rookie’
    With all eyes — well, at least the ones allowed to watch him — on quarterback Johnny Manziel, the most hyped college player to enter the NFL in years took his first steps with the Browns, who haven’t promised Johnny Football anything other than a chance to win a starting job.
    And that’s cool with him.

    May 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Boise State gets OK to help homeless player

    Antoine Turner said in an interview that he’s recently been living in a motel, along with a car belonging to his girlfriend, as he finishes up classes at Fullerton College in California.

    May 15, 2014

  • SPTS-FBN-Ravens Mosley.jpg Ravens take Urban, then get offensive in draft

    GM Ozzie Newsome started Saturday’s session by taking Virginia defensive end Brent Urban in the fourth round. At the point, four of Baltimore’s first five picks were designed to improve a defense that ranked 12th in the NFL last year.

    May 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPTS-FBN-Redskins Moses.jpg Redskins select 5 more players
    Griffin: “We’re gonna get that excitement back. ... We’re gonna win.”
     

    May 11, 2014 1 Photo

Latest news
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads