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Ryan Mink
‘Judgment’ Penalty Costs Ravens
Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, September 19th, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Week 2 at Bengals

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Here we go again.

A year after being plagued by penalties, two questionable calls against the Ravens’ defense were costly again on Sunday, this time resulting in six decisive points in Baltimore’s 15-10 loss.

The call that will likely get the most attention came against Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on a roughing the passer penalty. It helped Cincinnati record its fourth field goal, which gave the Bengals the lead for good.

After Baltimore surrendered a 60-yard kickoff return, Suggs seemed to make a big play for the defense by getting pressure on Palmer. Palmer got rid of the ball as Suggs dove at his chest and then No. 55’s momentum brought Palmer hard to the ground. Suggs helped Palmer off the turf.

But officials threw a flag claiming Suggs drove Palmer to the ground with excess force.

“To apply your body weight on the quarterback as you drive him into the ground is a judgment call, and that’s the way that I looked at it,” referee Gene Steratore said after the game.

Instead of a 2nd-and-10 from the 41, the Bengals had a first down on Baltimore’s 26-yard line. The Ravens held Cincinnati to a field goal four plays later, but it gave the Bengals a 12-10 lead with 4:38 remaining in the game.

“The NFL [is] definitely going to do their best to protect the guys that pay their bills, the quarterback,” said Suggs, who was also flagged for a controversial roughing the quarterback penalty in the Ravens’ regular season loss to Tom Brady and the Patriots last year.

“I was already engaged with him, so if I have to do the play over with him, I’d do it again. … It’s definitely up for speculation, but he made the call. Did we win or lose right there? Absolutely not.”

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh was visibly steamed on the sideline. Afterwards, he spoke about the penalty.

“I think it’s hard for us to determine right now what roughing the passer is,” Harbaugh said. “If that’s roughing the passer, how are you supposed to get Carson Palmer – a 250-pound quarterback – down other than tackling him? In the strike zone, and he took him to the ground. There were plenty of other times we couldn’t get him to the ground. It takes effort to get a guy to go to the ground.”

An earlier penalty on Ray Lewis started the controversy. Lewis blitzed from the right side and was cut at the knees by a Cincinnati blocker. As he rolled to the ground, Lewis’ foot caught…


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