Quarterback: The Bengals have a way of making Joe Flacco think and throw in slow motion. Flacco seemed late on a lot of his passes, and didn't play well under duress. When pressured, he doesn't secure the ball well, which could become a problem again. Grade: D+

Offensive line: Physically, this group took a whipping. The Ravens couldn't handle Cincinnati's front four in pass protection, and the interior of the offensive line got no push at the point of attack. In fact, there were times when the Bengals looked like they were blocking the Ravens. Grade: D

Receivers: Tight end Todd Heap was a welcome addition back to the passing game with three catches for 53 yards, and receiver Derrick Mason had three for 34. The Ravens were hurt in the passing game because the team's top receiver, Ray Rice, had to stay in and pass block. Grade: C+

Running backs: Ray Rice started off strong, but only had periods when he was effective. Backup Willis McGahee had just two touches for five yards and fullback Le'Ron McClain appears to have no role in the offense. Grade: C

Defensive line: The Ravens were physical and handled Cincinnati's running game, but the Ravens didn't get much pressure with their defensive line. From the defensive line, they didn't even get a quarterback hurry. Grade: C-

Linebackers: Inside linebacker Ray Lewis had his best game in recent weeks with 11 tackles, a lot of those in the first half. But in the second half, this group, with the exception of strongside linebacker Jarret Johnson, started to fade. Rush outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was handled well by Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth. Grade: C+

Secondary: The Bengals went after second-year cornerback Lardarius Webb, and had success. Cincinnati also had success on short passes, attacking the Ravens' soft play at the cornerback position. Overall, not a good game for this group, which has played well the past couple of weeks. Grade: C

Special teams: Billy Cundiff continued his quest to become the team's unofficial MVP by converting two field goals. Sam Koch was solid, but not spectacular. Koch had two punts inside the 20. Webb needs to stop dancing when pinned against the sidelines on punts, and the Ravens were close to giving up several long runs on punt returns. Grade: C+

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