Cincinnati's Andy Dalton tosses four touchdowns as Bengals hold off Ravens

Annette Crawford
September 14, 2018

Touchdown No. 3 came after the Ravens' third punt in four possession, as Green bested Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey on a 3rd-and-goal catch to give the Bengals a three-TD edge early. The first was when the Colts were on Cincinnati's four-yard line and the other iced the game when Clayton Fejedelem returned a fumble 83 yards for a touchdown.

The Ravens did what they had to do against the Bills, but they face a much tougher challenge tonight against the Bengals on Thursday Night Football. What hope was there for a happy ending with Flacco's history of inefficiency, Mosley's absence and, maybe worst of all, the team's three-touchdown deficit in hostile AFC North territory?

But the Ravens' resurgence quickly faltered under Flacco. Ironically enough the Bengals were the reason why the Bills won the AFC wild card last season after taking down the Ravens in Week 17.

"They fought and played hard, but they didn't play flawless", Harbaugh said. When it mattered late Thursday, he ran the offense the way he likes - fast - and often found his wide receiver who fits that description: John Brown. The Ravens were simply helpless against Green when he was in scoring distance, and his nose for the end zone will be critical for Cincinnati this year. Past year the Bengals eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs in the final seconds and you can be guaranteed that the Ravens have not forgotten that. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 23-9.

But they could not hold off the Bengals' stalled offense for long. Cincinnati's victory against the Colts looks to have been the more impressive of the two.

Bengals kicker Randy Bullock added one more field goal for the final margin.

Nearly as soon as the Ravens got the ball back, Flacco gave it back.

Most fans are aware that the Ravens are more known for their defense rather than they are for their offense. Dixon did manage to score a rushing touchdown along with fellow Raven running backs, Alex Collins and Javorius Allen.

Geno Atkins (two sacks, four QB hits) repeatedly hounded Flacco, who completed 32 of 55 passes for 376 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions while struggling with his accuracy.

The Bengals also got off to a winning start on Sunday, and in doing so have released their new secret weapon in Joe Mixon.

Young, working against the seven-time Pro Bowl selection in the slot, could not keep up, too far behind to lay even a finger. Our quarterback is playing his tail off and the guys today took care of him. He finished the game with five receptions for 69 yards and his three scores.

Two touchdowns in a full game is a pretty nice night, but Green wanted more. The Bengals offensive line has improved but look for the Ravens to try to take advantage of Bengals right tackle Bobby Hart, who was frightful in the Bengals week one win over the Colts. Up 21-0, Cincinnati already had almost as many yards of total offense (151) as the Bills finished with Sunday (153).

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