Ravens Start Out the Season with a Shut Out Win

by Alex Hearn

The Baltimore Ravens started this year’s football season on Sunday, September 10th, by playing against the Cincinnati Bengals. Fans were excited to see how the Ravens would do after having a very mediocre eight and eight 2016. The Ravens did not disappoint.

The Bengals started out with the ball and got very little yardage. They punted it to the Ravens who stomped down to Cincinatis seven yard line before getting stopped and having to kick a field goal. Cincinnati got the ball back and moved down the field but got stopped by an interception by Brandon Carr. This would be a common occurrence throughout the game.

Andy Dalton threw four interceptions throughout the game. He also fumbled once. These five turnovers cause Dalton to have the third worst QBR (total quarterback rating) since 2006. [1] Sophomore Greg Dellamura said, “Andy Dalton is now one of the worst starting quarterbacks of all time.” Dellamura followed up by saying, “The Cincinnati Bengals are not looking good this season.”

The Ravens defense did a great job at stopping the Bengals offense. Forcing five turnovers and not allowing a single point. Junior Ryan Frank explained, “Because the Bengals didn’t score a single point the game was very boring.” C.J. Mosley, Brandon Carr, Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith all got one interception. Michael Pierce got one fumble recovery. [2]

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw nine completions out of 17 attempts. Flacco threw 121 yards for one touchdown and one interception. Bengals quarterback Dalton threw 16 completions out of 31 attempts, and threw four interceptions and no touchdowns. Ravens running back Terrance West ran 80 yards on 19 carries. Cincinnati’s running back, Joe Mixon ran 40 yards on seven carries. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kicked two field goals. Sophomore Zak Corbit said, “It was great to see the Ravens get the dub.”

With the Ravens winning in such a dominating way it will be exciting to see how they do this year. But if this game proves anything, it’s that the Ravens will be a force to reckon with.