Ravens left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie got plenty of playing time, but didn't show enough to earn time as a starter.
McKinnie, who has never had good bend in his knees, actually played well when the Ravens rushed the ball, but he looked rusty and slow in pass protection. It was more a matter of technique than anything else.
On the snap, McKinnie failed to step out and was caught flat footed allowing pass rushers to force him back on the quarterback. If he gets faster and makes the correction, he might be a force again.
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McKinnie laughed when asked about knocking rust off.
"A little bit, yeah," he said. "Yeah, I got the rust off. It gets me used to game speed again."
Burdened with penalties
Regardless if it's the first team or second team playing, the Ravens need to reduce the number of penalties. They had 10 for 102 yards. Some like holding or pass interference are part of the game, but the Ravens have some truly stupid ones.
The worst came on the Ravens' first drive of the game. On a third-and-12 from the Bengals' 32, Flacco threw incomplete to tight end Dennis Pitta which would have forced a 48-yard field goal attempt.
Instead, Rice got called for unsportsmanlike conduct after pile driving linebacker Vontaze Burfict into the ground after he had already cut Burfict at the knees.
The penalty put the Ravens out of field goal range. Those types of selfish mistakes kill teams in the postseason.
Not all penalties are bad ...
Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody had a roughing the passer penalty midway in the third period, and that was one penalty I supported.
It was the first time Cody had been in the same zip code with a quarterback all season except when he pals around with Flacco in practice.
Chykie Brown shows progress
The more Chykie Brown plays, the more he stands out.
Brown, the Ravens second-year cornerback, got beat and gave up a 44-yard reception midway in the fourth period, but he plays a physical game and isn't afraid to challenge receivers.