Bengals become NFL's first 2-0 team, but are they legit?

Annette Crawford
September 16, 2018

The regular season is officially one week old, and the Cincinnati Bengals are leading the AFC North outright. Following Lazor's new script - and an overhauled offensive line - the Bengals are 2-0 with their 34-23 win over AFC North rival Baltimore on Thursday night.

ESPN also added in a later graphic that four other teams have scored at least 34 points in each of their first two games in the last ten seasons, with three of them going to the Super Bowl.

Thursday night we saw the opposite of that as Flacco was off the whole game against the Cincinnati Bengals and the defense let up three touchdowns to A.J. Green in the first half. He sent them to another loss on Thursday night by throwing four more, getting the best of a defence that has bedeviled him for much of his career.

It's not a complete surprise that the Bengals might take some time to find their identity. 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. The Bengals played against the Ravens strengths and exposed them as this should have been a blowout. The Ravens rallied from a 28-7 deficit to manufacture it a 28-23 game with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter, and the Bengals offense had slowed to a inch. Getting past the whole just two games thing, Mixon is averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

While Green's first touchdown was more about a brilliant fake by quarterback Andy Dalton, this was all about Green.

The Ravens never got out of the hole Green created for them.

"The way Bill is calling it and what we're doing has been great", Dalton said. But the real fireworks took place before the game, at a nursing home in Cincinnati. We caught the ball today. "That's a big one - puts us 2-0 to start the year and gives us a leg up in the division". "We did a good job throughout". But in the team's last gasp, Flacco could not deliver the excellence he had supplied in abundance just days earlier. Instead, safety Clayton Fejedelem, who was subbing in for the then-ejected Williams, came up with a game-winning fumble to seal the win. Going up against two high-powered offenses in the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers over the next two weeks is going to be tough without Smith already and now possibly without Mosley.

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