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Mike Preston grades the Ravens’ 23-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Flacco threw only eight passes, but had little chance to get into a rhythm. Backup Tyrod Taylor (pictured) was just as inaccurate, but made plays with his legs, which is expected from a backup. The interception late in the game was a back breaker, and he almost had another. (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)
Rookie Bernard Pierce played well and was quick in making good decisions as he finished with 89 yards on 22 carries. He basically was the Ravens offense for the first three quarters. Backup Anthony Allen played well and the Ravens got a lot of production out of this group without fullback Vonta Leach.  (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)
This group didn’t contribute much until late in the game. The Ravens didn’t activate starter Anquan Boldin and they got Torrey Smith off the field early in the game. Jacoby Jones (pictured) and tight end Ed Dickson made contributions, but this group provided little impact. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)
Never has a right guard meant so much to a team, but the Ravens are weak when Marshal Yanda doesn’t play. Michael Oher was decent moving from left tackle to right and rookie center Gino Gradkowski held his own. But the Ravens allowed too much pressure on Taylor. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)
The Ravens held the Bengals to 49 yards rushing and they got big plays from Ma’ake Kemoeatu (pictured), Bryan Hall and Arthur Jones. Jones finished with five tackles and Kemoeatu had four. The Ravens put pressure on the Cincy quarterbacks and forced them to move from the pocket.  (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)
Dannell Ellerbe had six tackles including two for losses. He is going to cost the Ravens big money to re-sign this offseason. Fellow inside linebacker Josh Bynes had nine and the Ravens kept the Bengals from getting outside. For a patched up crew, they also played decently in pass coverage.  (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)
The Ravens did a good job of shutting down Bengals receiver A.J. Green early in the game when the first unit was on the field. The Ravens cornerbacks did a nice job of locking onto the Bengals receivers, but gave up some yardage over the middle in zone coverage. Cornerback Jimmy Smith showed improvement from previous games he appeared in and fellow cornerback Chykie Brown (pictured) continues to impress.  (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)
The Bengals did a good job of controlling Jacoby Jones on punt returns. Punter Sam Koch (pictured) may have had his worst day in his seven years in the league averaging 36.6 yards on seven punts. Justin Tucker was one of two on field goals. (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)
The big question of the week is if coach John Harbaugh would have pulled his starters so quickly if the Ravens were playing at home? All week long he kept saying he was playing to win, yet his starters didn’t get much playing time. Next time, just fess up without the game playing.  (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)
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