2. The Ravens' secondary intercepted Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer three times and limited Cincinnati to three field goals despite Palmer hurling 52 passes for 316 yards. It was bend, but don't break for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's unit as Palmer was held to a 43.4 passer rating. Four sacks and a forced fumble contributed heavily to the defensive backs' success. However, cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Gary Baxter did surrender a lot of yardage because of crisp routes by Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Bengals running back Rudi Johnson gained 98 yards on 23 carries, but never scored.
3. The Ravens fumbled five times with quarterback Kyle Boller losing two, including one on a hit two yards from the Bengals' end zone. However, he threw no interceptions for the second week in a row.
4. The Ravens consistently had superior field position. Baltimore began its 13 drives from its own 42 on average as Cincinnati had an average starting point of its own 22 on 13 drives.
5. Without injured Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap and receiver Travis Taylor, the NFL's 30th-ranked passing game produced only 126 yards. However, receiver Randy Hymes was a major bright spot. He caught four passes for 61 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown pass that's Baltimore's first of the season.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.