BALTIMORE - The Cincinnati Bengals used an uncharacteristic approach to earn a tremendously satisfying victory.
Shayne Graham kicked a team-record seven field goals, and the Bengals received a surprisingly efficient performance from their defense Sunday in a 21-7 win over the punchless Baltimore Ravens.
Cincinnati (3-6) owned the league's 31st-ranked defense, was tied with winless Miami for most points allowed and had not yielded fewer than 20 points in any game this season. All that changed against the Ravens (4-5), who committed six turnovers.
“I think it says a lot for our team. Everyone's kind of put us in a hole right now,” Graham said. “You have to give a lot of credit to our defense that everyone seems to be bashing right now. For them to get the ball where we had it for the field position says a lot.”
Graham connected from 34, 19, 22, 35, 35, 21 and 33 yards. His seven field goals were one short of the NFL record set earlier this season by Tennessee's Rob Bironas, and Graham might have had the chance to tie the mark if the Bengals didn't run out the clock late in the game.