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.
There certainly is potential, even though the Bengals have spent the past two games treading the line between winning and losing.
In a rivalry in which, historically, both starting quarterbacks have been their worst selves more often than not, it was Andy Dalton (24 for 42 for 265 yards and four touchdowns) who shined brightest under the "Thursday Night Football" lights.
The Bengals stanched the bleeding by tacking on two fourth-quarter field goals. Flacco finished 32-for-55 passing for 376 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in a performance that offered no measure of redemption for Tyler Boyd's dagger-in-the-heart, last-minute catch in last season's Week 17 loss to the Bengals that extended the team's playoff absence to three years.
The Ravens have a pretty good secondary, and they had no chance against Green.
Coach John Harbaugh said an MRI found no ligament damage. "When you get the lead, you want to be able to handle it and close it out. I just had to check back in mentally and tough it out physically". But the real fireworks took place before the game, at a nursing home in Cincinnati. "That's a big one - puts us 2-0 to start the year and gives us a leg up in the division". That was key. Andy directed the offense, we went in and out of different tempo styles and tried to keep them back on their heels. The defense got a jolt from an unlikely hero against the Colts.safety Clayton Fejedelem.
Maybe that's who the Bengals are destined to be: a team that doesn't blow anyone away but comes up with just enough big plays to win. They're the first team to score at least 34 points in each of their first two games since the 2013 Broncos, who reached the Super Bowl, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
With Mixon down, the Bengals will rely on Giovani Bernard to handle rushing duties. He's been fighting injuries for most of the past four years. The veteran pass-rusher made it a long night for Bengals right tackle Bobby Hart, and when he wasn't beating Hart into the pocket, he was batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. "We've still got that bitter taste in our mouths".
I don't know exactly at the moment, but it's something with his eye. "It was a free-kick for Tottenham , right?" Liverpool begin their Champions League campaign on Tuesday when Paris Saint-Germain come to Anfield.
NASA astronauts used a super wide-angle lens to capture the footage of Hurricane Florence , due to the massive size of it. But between evacuations and storm shutter installations, NASA and NOAA are keeping people informed and entertained.
The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches. This general motion, accompanied by a further decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today.
But experts on police training and psychologists are split on the credibility of Officer Amber Guyger's story. This is an attack on an innocent man who was killed by a cop for simply existing in his own home.
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The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.
The victim was pulled from the water and taken to a hospital where he died. 'It was like right out of that movie Jaws . The local police department is working with the National Park Service and the state police to investigate.
Gottlieb called the action "historic" and said it was the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the agency's history. Nearly 12% of high school students and 3% of middle school students reported using e-cigarettes in the prior 30 days.
Henry McMaster urged patience, emphasizing that his state had never seen "a hurricane staying on top of us for this long". It said it was located about 65km west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the impact of the storm would be widespread, hitting the coast early Friday morning. The storm may stall over SC and North Carolina, dump several feet of rain, and trigger widespread flooding .
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Florence barreling closer to coast of Carolinas
Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. The flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC might be "unprecedented", according to the agency .
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Mr Alaniz said investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the killings, and that they believe Ortiz acted alone. A woman allegedly abducted by Juan David Ortiz had been able to escape and alert officers, according to local media reports.
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In Washington, North Carolina, the wind-swept Pamlico River has risen beyond its banks and is flooding entire neighborhoods. The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.
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He said Washington was also working with New Delhi to tackle the issue of India's oil imports from Iran , which face us sanctions. Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at futures brokerage AxiTrader said there has been "a divergence between Brent and WTI".