Early offensive surge carries Bengals past Ravens

Early offensive surge carries Bengals past Ravens

Dalton got the ball out quickly in the first half and peppered his receivers with catchable targets, leading the Bengals offense into the end zone four times despite three drops from his receivers. The second penalty, (an illegal hands to the face penalty by Terrell Suggs), extended a drive that was about to end in a field goal opportunity, which the Bengals capitalized on with their third touchdown of the game.

Andy Dalton came to the line on fourth-and-12 from the Baltimore 49-yard line. The broken tackle and catch-and-run on this 32-yard touchdown were great, sure, but that lay-up was the icing on the cake. Bengals trying to go 2-0 for only fifth time in coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons.

And when the Bengals returned to Cincinnati after a second straight losing season, owner Mike Brown made a decision to give Lewis a two-year extension based in part upon the Bengals' 31-27 win that day.

Ravens: LB C.J. Mosley left in the first quarter with a bruised knee. With Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith suspended, look for Dalton to take some deep shots downfield.

Early offensive surge carries Bengals past Ravens
Early offensive surge carries Bengals past Ravens

With Smith serving the second game of a four-game suspension, the Ravens' secondary was victimized for four first-half touchdown passes, including three to receiver A.J. Green.

Down by 21 points, the Ravens made a run at it behind Joe Flacco, who threw a pair of touchdown passes.

Four of those scoring strikes have been to Green, who provided a new wrinkle for opposing defenses by lining up in the slot for all three first-half touchdown passes on Thursday night. "Ryan won the NFL's MVP award that season". Dalton went 21 of 28 passes for 243 yards with two TDs and passer rating of 109.7 vs Colts. He also scored in last week's game against the Bills, as he posted a 7-yard touchdown in that contest. Green. More importantly, he did not throw an interception and was not sacked behind an improved offensive line that held its ground even after starting center Billy Price exited with an ankle injury.

"Bengals' RB Joe Mixon has a small particle in his knee that was dislodged Thursday night and is scheduled to be removed with a procedure Friday, per source". The Bengals and Ravens play again in Week 10 as the AFC North will likely be decided in December. Ravens backup QB Lamar Jackson used periodically, mostly as decoy, in National Football League debut against Buffalo before taking over for Flacco in third quarter with score 40-0.


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