Ravens-Bengals halftime notes

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals lead the Baltimore Ravens 6-0 at intermission.

Here are some halftime notes and observations:

  • I like the pace the Bengals are playing this week. Cincinnati is mixing things up by being physical and deliberate at times and speeding things up with stretches of the no-huddle offense. Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is having just enough success against Baltimore to put points on the board. He’s completed 10 of 19 passes for 89 yards in the first half.

  • Baltimore's offense is struggling mightily for the second straight week. Granted, both the New York Jets and Bengals were top-5 defenses last year, but the Ravens received a lot of hype for their offseason moves and it hasn't showed on the scoreboard. Against the Bengals, the passing game doesn't look sharp. Quarterback Joe Flacco is 5-for-17 for 23 yards and an interception.

  • Cornerback Adam Jones made a his first big contribution as a Bengal with his interception of Flacco in the second quarter. Jones read the slant route of Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin and got inside leverage. His play led to a field goal.

  • Although Cincinnati is leading, the Bengals continue to hurt themselves with penalties. Cincinnati was penalized six times for 35 yards in the first half, and a few of them stalled drives by putting the Bengals in third-and-long situations.

  • Ravens linebacker Tavares Gooden was hurt on a special-teams play with what looks like an arm injury. Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis hurt his hand in the first half but returned after a few plays.