The Ravens have passed the football 125 times for 543 yards and two touchdowns. Opponents have passed the football 175 times for 1,083 yards and seven touchdowns.
Kyle Boller has cut back on his turnovers, but he hasn't thrown a touchdown since hitting tight end Todd Heap against San Diego.
Jamal Lewis' output represents 53.7 percent of the Ravens' offensive production. He has touched the football on 41.5 percent (123) of the team's 306 offensive plays.
This unit has been missing in action thus far. Should Art Modell organize a search party?
Rapidly becoming more adept at reaching the second level to clear room for Lewis and Chester Taylor. The Ravens aren't nearly as left-handed as they used to be, too.
Total (23) Rushing (28) Passing (14)
The Bengals have sorely missed Corey Dillon's presence, which has contributed to their 1-4 mark. Jon Kitna has completed 110-of-177 passes for 1,164 yards and six touchdowns with six interceptions for a 78.4 quarterback rating. Chad Johnson has already gained 429 yards on 27 receptions for three touchdowns. Former Florida State standout Peter Warrick hasn't become much of a deep threat, but has emerged as a decent possession receiver.
Jon Kitna has Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer looking over his shoulder, but he has held off the towering rookie so far.
When Dillon is healthy and motivated, he performs fairly well against Baltimore with 700 rushing yards and 32 receptions in 12 games.
Chad Johnson is the only established deep threat.
Quarterback edge: Bengals
Running back edge: Ravens
Receivers edge: Bengals
Offensive line edge: Ravens
Total (8) Rushing (12) Passing (14)
Ravens are in an attack mode with active linebackers and a secondary that's beginning to click on all cylinders as cornerback Chris McAlister and safety Ed Reed are coming off strong performances against the lowly Arizona Cardinals. Baltimore has limited opponents to 499 rushing yards, a 3.8 average per carry, and two touchdowns. The defensive line, particularly nose guard Kelly Gregg and end Marques Douglas, are proving their point about being underrated on a weekly basis.
Tony Weaver has been solid against the run, but has generated no sacks.
All-Pro Ray Lewis has 79 tackles and is on pace to record 252 tackles, which would shatter his team record of 210 tackles in 1997.
Ed Reed is staking a strong claim for Pro Bowl recognition.
Total (9) Rushing (12) Passing (14)
Historically solid against the run and sound in its front seven, Cincinnati appears vulnerable in the passing game. Because its cornerbacks allow so much cushion to not be beaten deep, opponents have used quick routes to complete 55.7 percent of their passes for 949 yards and a 10.8 average with four touchdowns. Duane Clemons has overshadowed Justin Smith as a pass rusher thus far. The Steelers targeted linebacker Adrian Ross with guard Alan Faneca and knocked his helmet off twice.
This substandard unit needs upgrades everywhere.
Defensive line edge: Tie
Linebackers edge: Ravens
Secondary edge: Ravens
Ravens special teams
Kicker Matt Stover is beginning to carry the offensive scoring load again with four field goals last week. Baltimore hasn't scored an offensive touchdown since the loss to Kansas City. Return specialist Lamont Brightful needs to make something happen soon.
Bengals special teams
Special teams edge: Ravens
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.