Ravens can't recover from Bengals' dominant 1st half

Doug Mendoza
September 17, 2018

The Cincinnati Bengals' receiver now has two touchdowns in the first quarter of Thursday's game.

Ravens: LB C.J. Mosley left in the first quarter with a bruised knee. That's his first career three-touchdown game, and he had it before 17 minutes had elapsed in the game.

Mixon turned in 9.2 FanDuel points in Week 2.

Last year, the offense failed to score a touchdown while losing the first two games to Baltimore and Houston, putting their season on a bad course.

Last week, we saw Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens go off in a 47-3 win against a mediocre Buffalo Bills team that barely could get a drive going.

But the Ravens made it interesting after looking completely washed early. Flacco threw three touchdown passes, one to each of the newcomers: John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead. A failed two-point conversion kept the Ravens at arm's length, down 28-23. In 2017, the Bengals had 14 takeaways, making them 2nd-to-closing in the category sooner than entirely the Browns, who had Thirteen. A crucial third-down penalty on cornerback Tavon Young averted a three-and-out for Cincinnati, and it marched downfield with much of the precision it had earlier. Flacco fumbled with 2:42 to go - Shawn Williams stripped the ball from behind - setting up a field goal by Randy Bullock that closed it out.

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Nearly as soon as the Ravens got the ball back, Flacco gave it back.

Geno Atkins (two sacks, four QB hits) repeatedly hounded Flacco, who finished 32 of 55 for 376 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while struggling with his accuracy. But they squandered chance after chance to make the fourth quarter more manageable. After a three-and-out against the Mosley-led defense, he found the Mosley-less defense to be as different as night and day. And with over 20 fantasy points in the first half alone, Dalton and the Bengals offense weren't the only people who benefited greatly from Green's outburst of offensive production.

Green, a former Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver, is in his eighth season in Cincinnati being the leader of the offense.

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.

After a first-quarter interception, his 75th since the 2013 season for the second-most in the league, Flacco tightened up and nearly pulled off an impressive comeback until Bengals safety Shawn Williams forced a turnover to effectively end the game.

It was the same days earlier against the Colts, when it appeared they were about to give up a go-ahead score late in the game.

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