Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals: Preview and Prediction

Dre Kirkpatrick

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.

Hope did arrive, on the backs of an improved Flacco and a resilient but depleted defense, both sparking a Ravens rally. 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.

Dixon has had a tough time staying on the field for the Ravens as he has missed 20-of-33 games in his National Football League career and can add at least another 8 games to that list, as he won't be eligible to come off I.R. until Week 11 at the very earliest against the Bengals.

The Ravens never got out of the hole Green created for them. A failed two-point conversion kept the Ravens at arm's length, down 28-23. 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. A year ago the Bengals eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs in the final seconds and you can be guaranteed that the Ravens have not forgotten that.

There certainly is potential, even though the Bengals have spent the past two games treading the line between winning and losing. 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. He also 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. The Ravens already look far better this year than last year.

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On consecutive drives, the offense gave the ball away, first on a failed fourth-down attempt that running back Javorius "Buck" Allen probably should have converted and then on a pop-fly interception by Flacco.

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

Flacco finished 32-of-55 passing for 376 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. After a three-and-out against the Mosley-led defense, he found the Mosley-less defense to be as different as night and day. On third-and-goal at the Ravens' 7-yard line, Green caught one in the end zone for his third touchdown. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more. Green finished with five catches for 69 yards. Those three touchdown receptions went for 43 yards, and it seemed like Green was just getting started against a Ravens defense fighting for answers.

The Bengals are 2-0 for the first time since 2015, when they won the division, and for only the fifth time during coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons.

Cincinnati built its 21-point lead by piling up 151 yards and 11 first downs.

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