Bengals Reject Ravens Comeback in 34-23 Win
For the second straight game, the Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) won by the score of 34-23. And for the second straight game, they came up with a crucial 4th quarter fumble to get the win.
A plethora of storylines in this game, but one key takeaway -- the Bengals' offense looks better than ever. Three of the last four teams to score 34 points in both wins of a 2-0 start went on to have 13-3 seasons and reach the Super Bowl.
Tell Me What Happened
The Bengals jumped on Baltimore with 21 unanswered to kickstart Thursday night. All three scores were airmailed from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green. It took the duo just 17 minutes to connect for the hat trick. Baltimore made a second-half push, but a strip-sack of Joe Flacco with just over two minutes to play was the nail in the coffin.
The Red Rifle is Red Hot
Dalton threw for 265 yards and 4 TDs. That's 500+ yards, 6 TDs and just one interception in two games. Green has accounted for four of those six trips to the end zone.
That's So Ravens
Baltimore feels like that flaky friend. You like the guy but just can't count on him. We never know what to think of the Ravens, and the first two weeks of this season are no exception. After pounding the Bills 47-3, they came out flat in this one. Flacco was... let's just say, not elite. He threw for 376 yards but tossed two picks and fumbled in crunch time. He was also sacked four times.
Even worse for the Ravens, linebacker C.J. Mosley was carted off in the first half with a knee injury. Mosley has three Pro-Bowl selections in his first four seasons.