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Ravens can’t recover from Bengals’ dominant 1st half

15 September, 2018, 09:34 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Two of those penalties came in the first half, with the first one (a pass interference by Tony Jefferson in the end zone) setting the Bengals up at the one-yard line, which led to their first touchdown of the game.

They've also been rewarded by positive plays from rookies Jessie Bates, who had his first interception against the Ravens, and Sam Hubbard, who notched his first sack.

After limiting LeSean McCoy to 22 yards on seven carries last week, the Ravens have turned their attention toward Joe Mixon, the Bengals' second-year running back who is front-and-center in their overhauled offense. From the moment the first turnover occurred to then see A.J. Green, the Raven Killer, go off this game felt lost before it even got a chance to truly begin.

You have to hand it to the Baltimore Ravens. Flacco threw three touchdown passes, one to each of the newcomers: John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead. AJ Green was the recipient of Dalton's other touchdown toss; he scored on a 38-yard reception in the third quarter and finished with six catches for 92 yards on eight targets. They also managed to outscore the Colts 17-0 in the fourth quarter on Sunday, finishing strong is a trend that wins games.

"John is a different type of player, just with his speed and what he does to defenders", Flacco said. Andy Dalton had 243 yards passing with two touchdowns.

Mosley's injury, as well as the way the Ravens were dominated up front, should be more concerning than a 1-1 record after two games. But the Bengals had a decent night on defense Thursday, sacking Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco four times and intercepting him twice.

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This game is a battle for the early lead in the AFC North division between two bitter rivals.

After Thursday night's 34-23 victory over the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals are 2-0 for the first time since 2015 and the fifth time under head coach Marvin Lewis.

The Ravens are 7-1 under Harbaugh in short-week Thursday games, and their Week 1 blowout helped them rest a few veterans.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and Williams each limped off the field in the closing minutes. The Cincinnati defense is playing for now without linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who's serving a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. They return to action at home against the Denver Broncos Sept. 23.

Mosley left in the first quarter with a knee injury the Ravens later described as a bone bruise. If the secondary can continue to play sticky in coverage, the Bengals will be a playoff contending team as long as Andy Dalton and co. hold up their end of the bargain.

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