The Ravens' new high-octane offense sputtered to a halt this afternoon.
Quarterback Joe Flacco threw a career-high four interceptions, had just 154 yards passing, and finished with a quarterback rating of 23.8, and the Ravens will leave Cincinnati with a 15-10 loss.
With the exception of one sharp drive at the start of the third quarter, the Ravens looked lost against the Bengals defense and were unable to match Cincinnati kicker Mike Nugent's five field goals.
Flacco forced passes into traffic, was having trouble going through his reads and finding the open man, and while Ray Rice posted 87 yards on the ground, he had just 16 carries.
I'm no Cam Cameron, but if I'm running the Ravens' offense, I get to work tonight on finding a way to better utilize my Pro Bowl running back.
Two key second half penalties did in the Ravens and will make for some interesting chatter over the next few days.
A tripping call on Ray Lewis turned what would have been a fourth-and-20 into a Bengals a first down, setting up a third quarter field goal, and a roughing the passer call on Terrell Suggs pushed Cincinnati into field goal range late in the fourth quarter and set up their go-ahead score.
With the win, Carson Palmer improves to 9-3 all-time against the Ravens, and the Bengals have topped their division foes for the third straight time.