A Ray Lewis hit on Chad Johnson changed the course of the Bengals-Ravens game yesterday. However, the Ray Lewis hit on Chad Johnson didn’t change the game the way Lewis wanted. Unfortunately for the Ravens, Ray Lewis’s hit on Chad Johnson came just a second too late. Fans would have cheered for such a hit a second earlier, since it made Chad Johnson’s helmet come off. But since the hit came after an incomplete pass on the final drive, the Ray Lewis hit on Chad Johnson was the first sign that things wouldn’t end well for Baltimore.
Ray Lewis’s hard hit, and 15-yard penalty, moved the Cincinnati Bengals even further down the field on their game-winning drive. Lewis’s hit on Johnson wasn’t the deciding factor in the Ravens’ 17-14 loss, since there were a few other penalties and mistakes. But since Lewis delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on “Ochocinco’ and got the Bengals out of midfield, it was the most memorable blunder.
The Ravens had their chance to end the game earlier, but Carson Palmer rushed for first down on a fourth-and-one. After that, the Ravens either shot themselves in the foot with plays like Lewis’s hit, or couldn’t stop Palmer from carving up the secondary. Another penalty on Ed Reed led to Palmer’s winning touchdown throw to Andre Caldwell.
The Ray Lewis hit on Chad Johnson/Ochocinco was yet another case of a late fourth quarter defensive penalty hurting the Ravens. Baltimore also got a few key calls against them at New England last week, including a controversial roughing-the-passer flag. Ravens fans likely feel that the referees screwed them over again, but since Lewis knocked off Johnson’s helmet with his hit, that was hard for the refs to ignore.
After three straight impressive wins to start the season, the Ravens are 3-2 and heading off to face the 5-0 Vikings next. If not for the penalties, late hits and dropped catches in the last two weeks, the Ravens might be 5-0 too.
Of course, if not for the Broncos’ miracle win in Week 1, the Bengals might be 5-0 as well. Fortune smiled on Cincinnati at the last second for the third straight week – with a possible assist up above from Vikki Zimmer. The wife of Bengals’ defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer died from unknown causes on Thursday, but Zimmer made the trip and held the Ravens to one offensive touchdown – and that was on an unlikely run after the catch from Ray Rice.
Zimmer got the game ball and the Bengals solidified their new reputation as the “Cardiac Cats” But without mistakes like the late Ray Lewis hit on Chad Johnson, their latest comeback might have been a little harder. However, such a play only shows how the Bengals have late-game luck, and the Ravens have lost it all of a sudden.
YouTube- “NFL Week 5 – Bengals 17, Ravens 14 Highlights” www.youtube.com/watch
Cincinnati Sports News- “Cardiac Cats claim another victim” cnati.com/cincinnati-bengals/cardiac-cats-claim-another-victim-00449/