Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals lead the Ravens, 17-0, at halftime of this AFC North showdown.
Here are some notes and observations:
The Bengals drew up a great offensive game plan entering this game. They are testing Baltimore cornerbacks Fabian Washington and Domonique Foxworth nearly every chance they find the corners in man coverage. Oftentimes Baltimore is in soft coverage in fear of not getting beat deep, and Cincinnati is piling up the yards.
On top of that, I don’t see the same energy from Baltimore’s defense that I saw last week against the Denver Broncos. The Ravens aren’t winning many one-on-one matchups against the Bengals and their receivers are beating Baltimore’s secondary pretty effortlessly. Cincinnati tailback Cedric Benson also has 80 rushing yards in the first half and is on pace to get triple digits against Baltimore for the second time this season.
Including the game against the Chicago Bears, the Bengals have scored 62 points in the past six quarters. This is easily as well and efficient as Cincinnati's offense has played all season. Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Interesting note: When Washington was injured and left the game in the second quarter, rookie Lardarius Webb was the replacement. Baltimore has gone to veterans Chris Carr and Frank Walker earlier this season but seems to be increasingly losing confidence in the pair of veterans. Walker is inactive Sunday. Washington eventually returned to the game.