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Refocused, NFL Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals 34, Baltimore Ravens 23 | NFL Analysis AJ Green has career night in little more than a quarter
Cary Erickson | 16 September, 2018, 18:24

It's time for more Thursday night National Football League action tonight: the Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Ohio. "We were clicking on all cylinders".

Sure, it's only two games but the impressive performance against division rival Baltimore, in which the Bengals bolted to an early 21-point lead, was a start contrast to a year ago.

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley was carted to the locker room early in the first quarter with a bone bruise in his left knee.

As a result of the Bengals' fantastic first half play, especially that of Dalton, many historical comparisons of this team have been stated, but many are also tempering their expectations.

"We did all that and he still made some great plays", coach John Harbaugh said. That's his first career three-touchdown game, and he had it before 17 minutes had elapsed in the game.

An early interception by Cincinnati rookie safety Jessie Bates set up Green, who beat Tavon Young for a 4-yard touchdown at 10:35 of the first quarter.

Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl player, had his most productive game ever, and the best start of any Bengal with the most touchdown receptions through two games in team history.

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And you would've certainly believed that the same level of enthusiasm and determination to win should've been displayed by Baltimore entirely. Whether it was off the right edge against Ronnie Stanley, off the left edge against James Hurst, or up the gut against Alex Lewis, Matt Skura and Marshal Yanda, the Bengals' front four was disruptive, generating pressure and causing an interception when Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap hit Flacco's arm just as he threw the ball. The Ravens have two rookies as backup linebackers, Kenny Young and Chris Board.

"They fought and played hard, but they didn't play ideal", Harbaugh said.

Cin - FG Bullock 28, 2:59.

Cincinnati used a 14-point first quarter to take a lead it would never relinquish. With the Steelers tying the Browns in Week 1, and nobody having a clue when Steelers star Le'Veon Bell will return from his long holdout, the victor of this game could have an early stranglehold on the keys to the division with a 2-0 start on the line.

PASSING - Baltimore, Flacco 32-55-2-376.

Flacco is at the helm of the Ravens, but the future is with No. 8 Lamar Jackson, who Baltimore hopes will take over under center in the not-so-distant future.