Bengals Red Zone Report: Week 6 at Baltimore

Mike Vannucci

In this week’s Red Zone Report, we take a look at all seven plays the Bengals ran from inside the Ravens twenty-yard line; as well as one first down play that put them inside the twenty.

Following a Mark Andrews fumble, the Bengals started their drive at the Ravens 39-yard line. 

1st & 10 from BAL 22

Here is the one play we'll show that takes place outside the red zone. The Bengals are running the same two man stick concept they ran multiple times last week versus Arizona. The Ravens best corner, Marlon Humphrey traveled with Tyler Boyd for the majority of this game; however, the stack alignment takes him off of Boyd here. Humprey stays inside on the stick route, and the corner back is playing off. Since there’s cushion at the top of Boyd’s quick out, this is a high percentage throw and catch. The Bengals get it to 2nd and 6, and the playbook is wide open.

2nd & 6 from BAL 18

The Bengals get man to man coverage here to the left of the offensive formation. Dalton knew where he wanted to go with this pre-snap. Once the man coverage was confirmed with the slot cover defender carrying Eifert vertical, Dalton takes Auden Tate matched up one on one. Tate is running an out breaking route, and creates separation by really threatening with his vertical stem. Dalton and Tate connected on these outbreaking routes/back shoulder throws multiple times throughout the game. We will get more in depth on these targets during this week’s Receiver Report (to be released later this week).

1st & GL from BAL 6

On first down, it seems the Bengals are running an inside scheme but don’t quite get any movement on the line of scrimmage. From the broadcast view, Bernard did not have much space to operate.

2nd & GL from BAL 4

Here the Bengals run a zone concept to the left with Mixon. The motion by Boyd indicates man, and you’ll notice the defensive back down near the line of scrimmage (on the left). That is the tight end, Drew Sample’s cover defender. This gives the Ravens an extra player in the box, and he is unblocked. He doesn’t make the play by himself, but he does get into Mixon’s vision.

3rd & GL from BAL 4

For the third play in a row, the Bengals put Boyd in jet motion. The Ravens are playing man coverage, but rather than Humphrey running all the way across the formation with Boyd, he passes him off. This makes Humphrey the “hole” player, specifically to take away exactly where Dalton is trying to fit this ball to Erickson. Ideally, this ball should be thrown to a bigger target; this way Dalton can put it over Humphrey and the receiver can go up and get it.

As we’ve seen so often this season, the Bengals settle for a field goal after gaining two yards on three plays; despite operating on a short field.

Down 23 to 10, the Bengals start their drive at their own 25-yard line with 3:46 left in the game. They are able to march the ball into the red zone in a crucial moment.

1st & 10 from BAL 18

After a 15-yard pass interference penalty, the Bengals come out with a running back screen to the right of the formation to Giovanni Bernard. The offensive tackles stay on and invite the rush upfield, while the guards and center release to the screen. The left guard does a nice job cutting off the linebacker flowing to the screen, as the center and right guard pave the way for Bernard. Bernard is able to make the one unblocked defender miss for a big gain down to the Baltimore 5-yard line.

1st & GL from BAL 5

On first down, the Bengals take a shot with their 6’4 receiver. Based on the trajectory of the ball, and the placement; t looks like Dalton is looking to throw this ball to the back shoulder. However, Tate never threatens the defender with the fade so he is able to sit on the back-shoulder throw. Incomplete, second down.

2nd & GL from BAL 5

The Bengals have Eifert in the slot to the left running a quick out, with Erickson running the back of the end zone. Neither are open; this is fine because it looks like Dalton is looking to hit Boyd on the under shallow working across the formation. There’s good protection on the play, and no defender anywhere near the goal line (Dalton isn't a guy you typically need to spy or contain). Dalton does a nice job being decisive in his decision making to tuck the ball and take it himself.

After marching the field for a 12 play, 75-yard drive in only 2:18 – the Bengals once again fall short after an illegal touching on the ensuing onside kick attempt.

The Bengals are returning home to play the Jaguars. The Jaguars are allowing nearly 140 rushing yards per game (25 in the NFL), and are middle of the road in pass defense (15 in passing yards per game). 

Despite the pedestrian numbers, the Jaguars are still a talented defense. They are particularly stout in the red zone, ranking 6 in the NFL for red zone touchdown percentage. Although Ramsey has missed the past several games, there is some comfort in knowing he is no longer a threat to play (Ramsey was traded to the Rams yesterday).

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Taylor Cornell
Taylor Cornell

Great work! It is frustrating watching this offense stall out in the Red Zone week after week. With an 0-6 team, I would like to see ZT treat some of these play calls as if it is four down territory, and be more aggressive as opposed to kicking 23-yard FGs

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