Ravens-Bengals Liveblog: 1st Quarter

The Ravens win the toss and defer. The Bengals get the ball first and go 3-and-out.

After the punt, Baltimore starts out on their own 32-yard line. Two Ray Rice runs later, the Ravens have their initial First Down of the game. Another Rice run precedes Joe Flacco’s first pass attempt (to Derrick Mason), which falls incomplete. Flacco pulls the ball in and runs on 3rd and 6 and gets the first down in Cincinnati territory. A McGahee run is followed by a Flacco incomplete pass on 3rd down that results in the Ravens punting.

The Bengals start deep in their own territory and get a first down after a Benson rush and a Gresham catch. After a couple of more plays, the Bengals punt again. The Ravens go 3 and out on their next possession.

The Bengals get a first down after a grab by Ochocinco and then a run by Cedric Benson. They then get to midfield following a pass to Terrell Owens. Benson runs the ball down near the Ravens’ 40 after that. The Bengals continue to drive with a pass down to the 31. Bengals go to a no-huddle.

The Bengals are inside the 20 of the Ravens and facing a 3rd and long at the end of the quarter.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh to the Ravens

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 15: Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 31-20. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)TBD.com:

ESPN is reporting that wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has reached an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens, signing a one-year deal for $855,000. Of course, the Seattle Seahawks, who released Houshmandzadeh a few days ago, still owe the receiver $6.15 million.

Signing with Baltimore comes as a surprise considering multiple outlets had reported that Houshmandzadeh was narrowing his choice down to the Redskins and Ravens, but they must’ve had the wrong ‘R’ mascot.

The move only further upgrades a Baltimore offense that already features receivers Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and Donte’ Stallworth.

Lawsuit and protective order against Terrell Suggs dropped


An attorney for Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says the mother of Suggs’ two children has withdrawn a $70 million lawsuit against him, and the couple is trying to reconcile.

Lynn Hoffman, who represents Suggs, says Candace Williams voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit and filed a motion to rescind a protective order she had taken out against him last month. That motion was granted Thursday.

Derrick Mason also considering retirement

Jamison Hensley on Derrick Mason

Asked if he was announcing his retirement, he said, “I didn’t win a Super Bowl yet. I think I’m going to tell you when Ed Reed tells you all. Ed Reed is 50-50 right now. So, I’m more like 60-40. Nothing’s definite but death and taxes. We’ll see how it goes the next couple of weeks.”

Ed Reed is “50-50″ on retirement

Jamison Hensley has the details.

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