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

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

Andy Dalton came to the line on fourth-and-12 from the Baltimore 49-yard line.

Thursday Night football is a proper divisional match-up this week as Baltimore head to Cincinnati. There is no doubt about it, the Bengals were more ready for this one than the Ravens were.

After making the catch, Boyd outraced Carr, Eric Weddle and Maurice Canady to the end zone. The Bengals ruined the Ravens playoff hopes.

"I feel happy for Trey", Dalton said.

The Bengals (1-0) haven't forgotten about it, either. They changed four of their five starters on the line, and they looked better during a 34-23 win at Indianapolis on Sunday. Baltimore opened as a three-point favorite, but is now a one-point road underdog. Defensively the Bengals employ a pass rush that includes Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Carl Lawson and they should be able to pressure Joe Flacco. That's his first career three-touchdown game, and he had it before 17 minutes had elapsed in the game.

A second-half comeback wasn't almost enough as the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 34-23 victory, riding a dominant start led by Andy Dalton's four touchdown passes. His passer rating of 121.7 was his highest since 2014. All three are great receivers, Sneed was an unsung hero in New Orleans while a fit and, well, Crabtree would get into any team in the NFL. "Willie is an easy guy to get on the same page with, from an early point, just because he does everything so much the right way".

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The Bengals have picked up only three first downs so far in the second half.

With 13:02 left in the second quarter, Green scored his third touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens. On the defensive side, Terrell Suggs has posed nightmares for Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense, posting five sacks and three forced fumbles in his past five games against them. Dalton did have an interception earlier on in the game that was nearly taken back for a touchdown but he was able to make a good tackle on the defender to prevent him from scoring and recovered nicely for the remainder of the game.

The Ravens sandwiched one-yard scores by Buck Allen (rushing) and rookie Mark Andrews (receiving) around Boyd's 14-yard touchdown to get within 28-14 at half-time.

But two games into the new season, the Bengals are serving notice that things could be different.

The Bengals sprinted to an early lead Thursday night at home against the Ravens and held on to win, 34-23.

He now has 44 grabs for 764 yards and nine scores in his past eight games against Baltimore. The Bengals are 18-45 in those games.

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