It was a case of Reed's instincts, range and extensive knowledge of Palmer's habits taking over as the All-Pro free safety swooped in for a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown. Ochocinco was covered on the play by cornerback Fabian Washington.
It was one of the Ravens' top highlights during a 17-14 loss Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
"Certain quarterbacks have certain tendencies," Reed said. "It was just a great jam by Fabian and me breaking on the ball. I watch film constantly, man.
"We've been playing against each other for the last couple years, and I know him just as much as he knows me. It's just competitors going against each other and somebody making a play."
For Reed, it was his 45th career interception, the second of his season and the eighth defensive touchdown of his career.
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year leads the Raven all-time in interceptions and has the most interceptions and interception return yards of any NFL player with 1,213 yards since entering the league in 2002.
"It means nothing if you lose at the end of the day," he said. "When you lose, everything is out the window. Individual stuff doesn't matter at the end of the day for me anyway, at this point in my career. You're just trying to win, man."
Reed also chucked the ball out of Ochocinco's hands in the open field in the final minutes of the second quarter.
The forced fumble halted a drive.
"We practiced it, we talked about it and you see things on tape," Reed said. "It's just instinctive stuff at the time. Actually, he shouldn't have caught the ball. So, it's just running to the football."
HOLDING HIS OWN: Rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher was supposed to be overmatched on Sunday against NFL sacks leader Antwan Odom.
Someone forgot to tell Oher that, though.
Oher stonewalled Odom, who entered the game tied for the NFL lead with eight sacks, holding him to no sacks and two tackles.
"I felt I was prepared," Oher said. "I didn't give up any sacks, so I think I did okay. He's the leading sacker in the NFL and he didn't have a sack."
What made the accomplishment more remarkable was the fact that it was Oher's first NFL start at left tackle with starter Jared Gaither sidelined with a neck injury.
With Oher moving over to the right side, Marshal Yanda started at right tackle.
"It was football," Oher said. "At the end of the day, you've got to do what you've got to do. It was a little different, but you've got to move on and play."
RUNNING GAME?: For the second week in a row, the Ravens didn't try to run the football much at all.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called just 18 rushes, which produced 82 yards.
The bulk of the workload was handled by running back Ray Rice, who gained 69 yards on 14 carries as fullback Le'Ron McClain gained six yards on two carries and running back Willis McGahee got just one carry for minus-two yards.
"I don't know what's going on," McClain said. "We've got to look ourselves in the eye. To know that we felt going into the week that we were the best team and to leave a lot of plays out there and only score seven points, that's crazy. That pisses me off."
McClain noted that Cameron had advised the offense that Cincinnati would try to take away two things: the deep pass and the running game.
"Cam said that was their game and all we had to do was keep it underneath and drive the ball," McClain said. "We got away from it and started getting three-and-outs. When they stop the run, you know that ticks me off."
McGahee chose his words carefully and sparingly when asked about his lack of involvement.
During the Ravens' three victories, he was a big factor. For the second week in a row, McGahee had a reduced role.
"I can't give you nothing," he said. "I've got nothing to be mad or frustrated about. I've got nothing to complain about."
McGahee entered the game with seven touchdowns to lead the league. He caught just one pass for four yards against the Bengals.
For the season, he has rushed for 199 yards and five touchdowns on 38 carries. And he has caught eight passes for 58 yards and two scores.
"I don't know what's going on," McGahee said. "I didn't play much, so I really can't say too much about it. You have to talk to Cam about what's going on."
STREAK ENDS: The Ravens' streak of not allowing an opponent to rush for 100 yards came to a screeching halt.
Bengals running back Cedric Benson rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and is now the first running back to eclipse the century mark against the Ravens since Larry Johnson ran for 120 yards on Dec. 10, 2006.
"It sucks," defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said. "We definitely try to stop the run first. We've got to go back and fix it and hopefully do better this week."
Now, the Minnesota Vikings, next week's opponent, own the longest streak with 28 games in a row without a 100-yard rusher.
"You got to take your hat off, he came out and ran the ball well," nose guard Kelly Gregg said. "We didn't tackle well. We've got to get that corrected."
Benson was understandably proud of his feat.
"What an awesome accomplishment against a well-established and tough defense in our AFC division," Benson said. "It's hard for me to put into words how wonderful a feeling it is and how tremendous an accomplishment it is for me personally."
ODD CALL: Defensive end Trevor Pryce was flagged for illegal formation as it was determined by officials that he lined his helmet directly over Bengals struggling long snapper Brad St. Louis.
St. Louis sent the football sailing over the head of holder Kevin Huber on an extra point, but the penalty gave the Bengals another chance and kicker Shayne Graham converted.
"I lined up outside, and were all kind of bunched in together," Pryce said. "I've got broad shoulders or whatever, but I've never seen that. I've never gotten that penalty before."
INJURY REPORT: The Ravens reported just one injury as tight end Edgar Jones left the game with a hamstring injury and didn't return. However, it's not regarded as serious.
QUICK HITS: Andre Caldwell, commenting on the Ravens' defense during the game-winning drive capped by his touchdown, said: "I think they were overaggressive trying to make a play to end it, and it cost them." … Besides Gaither, the Ravens deactivated third quarterback John Beck, running back Jalen Parmale, linebacker Prescott Burgess, offensive tackle Oniel Cousins, tight end Tony Curtis, nose guard Kelly Talavou and outside linebacker-defensive end Paul Kruger. … The Bengals deactivated third quarterback Jordan Palmer, safety Tom Nelson, linebacker Rashad Jeanty, offensive tackles Andre Smith and Scott Kooistra, tight end Chase Coffman, wide receiver Jerome Simpson and defensive tackle Tank Johnson. … The Ravens' game captains were offensive guard Ben Grubbs, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and Jones.
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