Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals: Preview and Prediction

Paola Ditto
Settembre 14, 2018

A failed two-point conversion kept the Ravens at arm's length, down 28-23.

Green, the Cincinnati Bengals' star, put on a show for the "Thursday Night Football" fans tuning in.

Geno Atkins (two sacks, four QB hits) repeatedly hounded Flacco, who completed 32 of 55 passes for 376 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions while struggling with his accuracy.

There certainly is potential, even though the Bengals have spent the past two games treading the line between winning and losing.

The Ravens finally got on the board in the second quarter when Javorius Allen rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. Boyd lined up slightly behind Green split to the left and when they crossed to begin their routes they got the matchup they wanted.

Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes in the first half - three to A.J. Green - against a defence that has bedeviled him throughout his career, and the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 34-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

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. 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.

Flacco's new weapons-Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead-all caught touchdowns from Joe Flacco in Week 1. Upset that he fumbled twice during a 34-23 win at Indianapolis on Sunday, he caught everything near him during the Bengals' early surge. Joe Flacco went from Trash to Elite, back to Trash, back to Elite, seemingly alternating interceptions with touchdowns in what could be called a microcosm of his career. The offense's three-play drive was a case study in how not to finish a 21-point comeback: incomplete pass, incomplete pass, fumble on a scramble Flacco hoped would last longer than it did.

In the Touchdown markets we look to Joe Mixon. Dalton did have an interception earlier on in the game that was nearly taken back for a touchdown but he was able to make a good tackle on the defender to prevent him from scoring and recovered nicely for the remainder of the game.

"We came out hot", Dalton said.

An early interception by Cincinnati rookie safety Jessie Bates set up Green, who beat Tavon Young for a four-yard touchdown at 10:35 of the first quarter. Flacco finished the half 11 of 21 for 164 yards thanks to that ball to Brown.

A young man in a black shirt ran onto the field in the closing minutes undetected until he got near Dalton.

"It just happened to fall that way", Green said. But they squandered chance after chance to make the fourth quarter more manageable. In truth numerous players over the years have come out against it, feeling that the short timespan between games takes a tough toll on the body.

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