Three takeaways from the Bengals' win over the Ravens

16 September, 2018, 18:24 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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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".

"We're learning and growing", Lewis said.

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