Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals: Preview and Prediction

Refocused, NFL Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals 34, Baltimore Ravens 23 | NFL Analysis

The AFC North rivals each got their own respective victories in the first week of games as the Bengals took down the Colts 34-23 and the Ravens demolished the Bills 47-3.

It wasn't only the offense that had major issues early.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon went for a gutty 84 yards on 21 carries after twice coming out of the game with an injured knee.

Green's first three-touchdown game gives him four this season and 61 in his career, five shy of Chad Johnson's 66 receiving TDs.

The Ravens have a pretty good secondary, and they had no chance against Green.

A Cincinnati Bengals helmet is seen on the field before the Bengals take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Former Bengals great Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson is known for his insane character on Twitter, but the retired receiver went to another level on Thursday night.

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.

While Green's first touchdown was more about a brilliant fake by quarterback Andy Dalton, this was all about Green.

And when the Bengals returned to Cincinnati after a second straight losing season, owner Mike Brown chose to give Lewis a two-year extension based in part upon the Bengals' 31-27 win that day.

Sometimes, losses are necessary to leave a sour taste in the mouth of everyone so that they have more dedication for the next game ahead. They're 5-14 in prime time games since 2011 - 0-5 on Sunday night, 2-5 on Monday night, 3-3 on Thursday night and 0-1 on Saturday night. The Bengals found themselves in a slugfest with the Colts, but a late scoop-and-score sealed the deal for the visitors in Indianapolis in a 34-23 final.

"You better bounce back quick on a Thursday night and we didn't do it quick enough tonight", quarterback Joe Flacco said. Andy Dalton had 243 yards passing with two touchdowns. The Bengals were tested on the road last week and came out on the winning end, while the Ravens were basically still in preseason mood against a bad Buffalo Bills team, which means that the Bengals should be more ready to get after it on Thursday night. He had five after the first two weeks in 2015 ... They already can count Fejedelem's and Williams' plays as signs of a team that possesses a killer instinct.

Mosley left in the first quarter with a knee injury the Ravens later described as a bone bruise. Dalton got the ball out quickly in the first half and peppered his receivers with catchable targets, leading the Bengals offense into the end zone four times despite three drops from his receivers.



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