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Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals: Three Things We Learned

16 September 2018

They're the first team to score at least 34 points in each of their first two games since the 2013 Broncos, who reached the Super Bowl, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The Bengals won this game in the trenches. Working behind a revamped line, he completed 21 of 28 for 243 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 109.7 at Indianapolis, a notable improvement over last season.

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.

The Bengals are two games into the season and remain somewhat of a mystery.

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton finished 24 of 42 for 265 yards and four touchdowns, which came on four consecutive drives in the first half. They have a big lead in the division as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns tied in Week 1 and the Baltimore Ravens fall to 1-1. WR A.J. Green had 38-yard TD catch vs. Colts, but also fumbled twice.

But after a strong training camp from the Ravens' edge rushers - led by Terrell Suggs, Matthew Judon and the emerging Tim Williams - that group was hardly heard from in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati: Andy Dalton has shown plenty of times throughout his career that when he's on, he can compete with the best of them. If he wasn't finding Green, he was finding receiver Tyler Boyd, or one of his tight ends over the middle. Mosley carted off with a knee injury after the first series of the game. Any points the Ravens scored were because of penalties or checkdowns to Alex Collins.

Any absence from Mosley, who played 98.55 percent of defensive snaps against the Bills, should put a heavier workload on fellow inside linebacker, Patrick Onwuasor. But the real fireworks took place before the game, at a nursing home in Cincinnati. It didn't seem a good read or wise decision. The Bengals were ready for the package of plays the Ravens had for rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, which forced Joe Flacco to run an offense without all the bells and whistles - and he struggled as a result. Flacco was on target while playing little more than a half, throwing three touchdown passes. Dalton's scoring pass to Green covered 32 yards.

Paul Brown Stadium has rarely been kind to the Ravens, who have lost six of their past seven in Cincinnati. The Bengals are 18-45 in those games.

Both these teams enter tonight's game with 1-0 records.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals: Three Things We Learned