Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

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

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

It had "Cincinnati Bungles" written everywhere it, especially after a dropped interception and questionable penalty helped residing up a Ravens touchdown with Eight seconds left in the predominant half of.

The Ravens lost linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first quarter with a knee injury.

ESPN Stats & Info tweeted on the night that: "The Bengals are the first team to score at least 34 points in each of their first two games since the 2013 Broncos, who went on to reach Super Bowl XLVIII".

At times the Bengals have looked like they possess the qualities to win the AFC North, and at other times they have looked like the team that went 7-9 last season.

This effectively allowed Cincinnati to seal the game with a field goal after Baltimore had reduced their lead in the second half to just five points at one stage, in a game that should have been a blowout. They went 6-9-1 two seasons ago and 7-9 previous year.

After trailing 21-0, Baltimore got within 28-23 in the fourth quarter.

The Baltimore Ravens might want to put an extra man on A.J. Green.

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Green entered Thursday night with 695 yards and six touchdowns against the Ravens over their last seven meetings.

But the Ravens made it interesting after looking completely washed early.

The Ravens retooled their receiving group during the offseason to give Joe Flacco a better chance to shine, and the results last week were profound. The Bengals did let the Ravens stop them on a few drives offensively and defensively gave up a few plays till the Ravens just gave up in the last two minutes. The Bengals were ready for the package of plays the Ravens had for rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, which forced Joe Flacco to run an offense without all the bells and whistles - and he struggled as a result. Geno Atkins had two sacks and was close to having two more.

The Ravens' second possession ended with Flacco throwing a flat-footed interception that sailed on receiver Michael Crabtree, who was well covered anyway. Alex Collins had only 13 touches but made the a lot of them with some nifty tackle-shaking moves en route to 90 yards from scrimmage, including a career-best 55 receiving. Flacco finished 32 of 55 for 376 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and four sacks.

But it wasn't enough, as the Bengals finished things off. The last time was 2015, when they won the division title and suffered a first-round playoff meltdown against Pittsburgh at Paul Brown Stadium.

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bengals won seven of nine vs. Ravens, splitting series a year ago.

Thursday night, he got 21 carries to show what he could do. Rookie C Billy Price hurt his right ankle in the first quarter and didn't return.

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