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Week 5 Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 17, Baltimore Ravens 14

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Carson Palmer, Pass: 18 - 31 - 271 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 18 - 0

Palmer led his team to another strong comeback win, this time on the road against a stout Baltimore defense. Palmer moved well in the pocket and helped his offensive line keep the Raven pressure from shutting down the passing game. Aside from a couple of dropped balls and passes he intentionally threw away, Palmer was very accurate, even when challenging the Raven defense downfield. Palmer did make one big mistake when he failed to locate Ed Reed jumping a hook route, resulting in an interception Reed returned for a touchdown.

RB Cedric Benson, Rush: 27 - 120 - 1, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)

Benson continued his hot start with another strong effort against one of the league's best rush defenses. Benson ran hard early pushing the pack and gaining tough yards before the Bengal offensive line began opening bigger holes later in the game. Benson broke tackles at the line of scrimmage then sprinted through the Baltimore secondary on his long touchdown run. Benson was more sure-handed this week than last on his few targets out of the backfield.

RB Brian Leonard, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 3 - 30 - 0 (3 targets)

Leonard managed only a one yard gain on a short yardage situation late in the fourth quarter, but was again effective on a variety of screen and shovel pass plays in the two minute and third down offense.

RB Bernard Scott, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0

After a larger workload last week, Scott was again relegated to a very minor role against the aggressive Raven defense. Scott spelled Cedric Benson for only a few snaps and had no role in the third down packages.

WR Chad Ochocinco, Rec: 7 - 94 - 0 (10 targets)

Ochocinco was again Palmer's favored target this week and was regularly open on intermediate routes over the middle. Ochocinco was effective in traffic and competed hard for yards after the catch. He fumbled on one long gain over the middle when Ed Reed punched the ball out from behind.

WR Chris Henry, Rec: 3 - 92 - 0 (5 targets)

Henry was a bigger part of the offensive gameplan this week and Carson Palmer frequently looked to him on deep outs and sideline routes. Henry fought and made a one handed catch on a ball down the sideline, then broke away for a long run after the catch only to be tackled inside the ten.

WR Andre Caldwell, Rec: 2 - 33 - 1 (2 targets)

Caldwell and Palmer struggled to connect much of the day. The Ravens pressured Palmer up the middle and their zone schemes behind the blitz made it difficult for Palmer to be ready to throw when Caldwell worked his way open. Caldwell's sight adjustment on the go-ahead touchdown pass got him wide open on a seam route that Palmer completed with a bullet pass.

WR Laveranues Coles (1 targets)

Coles was a non-factor against the Ravens. Chris Henry got more snaps than in recent weeks, as the Bengals tried to stretch the field whenever possible.

TE Dan Coats (4 targets)

Coats was able to beat the Baltimore linebackers on seam and skinny post routes repeatedly and could have had two touchdown catches if he had held onto Carson Palmer's passes.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco, Pass: 22 - 31 - 186 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0

Flacco was accurate and managed the game well against Cincinnati, but was forced to settle for underneath routes on nearly every pass play. The Bengals limited Flacco's options by locking up Derrick Mason and preventing Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington from getting open downfield. On one of the few occasions Clayton did get behind the defense, Flacco overthrew him. Flacco also threw an interception in the red zone when a Bengal corner read his eyes and left his receiver to make a play on a corner route to Todd Heap.

RB Ray Rice, Rush: 14 - 69 - 0, Rec: 7 - 74 - 1 (8 targets)

Rice took nearly all of the rush attempts for Baltimore this week, with 14 to Willis McGahee's one. The Ravens had very few red zone snaps, however, which is where McGahee usually gets most of his work. Rice was decisive, but found little running room inside. He looked better when able to bounce runs outside the tackles. He was also very effective as an outlet receiver and broke multiple tackles on a short pass he turned into a long touchdown.

RB LeRon McClain, Rush: 2 - 6 - 0, Rec: 3 - 10 - 0 (4 targets)

The Ravens used McClain on a number of screens again this week, but the Bengals bottled him up quickly with sure tackling.

RB Willis McGahee, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (1 targets)

McGahee had only two touches against Cincinnati. The Bengals only allowed the Ravens three snaps inside the red zone, however, which is where McGahee sees most of his playing time.

WR Mark Clayton, Rec: 3 - 36 - 0 (7 targets)

Clayton was the Ravens' most targeted wide receiver against Cincinnati. He was able to gain separation on timing routes and got behind the defense late in the game but Flacco overthrew him on what should have been a long touchdown pass.

WR Kelley Washington, Rec: 1 - 21 - 0 (1 targets)

Washington had only one target and made a nice catch over the middle to convert on a third and long play in the fourth quarter.

WR Derrick Mason (1 targets)

Mason was held without a catch by the Bengals' Leon Hall, who also had help over the top with a safety at times. Joe Flacco rarely looked in Mason's direction and targeted him only once.

TE Todd Heap, Rec: 7 - 41 - 0 (9 targets)

Joe Flacco targeted Heap more often than any other Baltimore receiver against Cincinnati. Heap wasn't able to get loose for any long receptions, however, with the bulk of his catches coming after he leaked away from the line of scrimmage when Flacco was unable to find a downfield target.