Bengals grab 34-23 win over Ravens behind three A.J. Green touchdowns

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Andy Dalton tossed four first half touchdowns – three to A.J. Green – in building a 28-7 first half advantage only to need to hold off a furious rally by the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

Bengals safety Shawn Williams forced a fumble of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco with just under three minutes to play. Dre Kirkpatrick recovered the loose ball and the Bengals added a 40-yard Randy Bullock field goal to put the game out of reach and earn a 34-23 victory.

After an opening three-and-out, the Bengals pushed the ball into the end zone on four straight possessions in building a 28-7 lead. Dalton connected with Green three times and added a fourth to Tyler Boyd in building the early advantage.

Dalton completed 24 of 42 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns on the night. Joe Mixon had 84 rushing yards on 21 carries before being sidelined with a knee injury.

However, the Ravens would score a late first half touchdown on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Mark Andrews to close the deficit to 28-14 before the break.

A 55-yard Justin Tucker field goal and 21-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to John Brown drew the Ravens within five, 28-23, with just under 10 minutes remaining. But that would be as close as the Ravens would get. Bullock converted a 28-yard field goal to make it an eight-point game and the 40-yard kick after Flacco’s fumble sealed the deal.

Flacco was intercepted twice and lost the fumble late to account for all three Ravens turnovers. He finished with 365 yards and two touchdowns with 31 completions on 54 attempts. The Bengals held the Ravens to just 66 rushing yards on the night. Baltimore also turned the ball over on downs twice in Cincinnati territory on the night.

48 responses to “Bengals grab 34-23 win over Ravens behind three A.J. Green touchdowns

  1. I feel like such a fool listening to all the talking heads predicting Ravens in the AFCCG.
    I forgot two things. John Harbaugh. Joe Flacco.

    Pats and KC in the title match

  2. More phantom PI calls.. when is the league going to do something about this? Toss the ball up and hope you get a flag. Changes the outcome of the game. Should be a 10 or 15 yard penalty, not a spot foul.

  3. ak185 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 11:53 pm
    I just want to knwo what the heck Marty Mornhinweg was thinking the last 2:00 minutes of the game.

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    I was wondering what the hell he was thinking too!?!? Not to mention, why not kick a field goal with Justin Tucker and give yourself a shot to win with a Hail Mary. But, I’m cool with it.

  4. bengalbug says:
    September 13, 2018 at 11:57 pm
    It was 28-14 at half. The ravens score 9 points… not a furious comeback. It was bengals just not executing second half.
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    The score at halftime isn’t really relevant to his point.

    The Bengals had a 28 to 7 lead and the Ravens cut it down to 28 to 23, that is what the furious comeback comment was referencing. Losing a 21 point lead, having it cut down to just 5 points is indicative of a comeback by the other team.

    It wasn’t referencing the halftime score.

  5. Happy about the win but I must say that it’s very frustrating watching your first round draft pick from a year ago not even be used as a decoy to keep the Ravens d honest.

  6. Who dey? Dey be a perennial spoiler team like the Bolts who always have a decent regular season who then becomes a spoiler team for real contenders, down the road. Philip Rivers/Chargers have made a career operating on that angle lol

    Blackbirds (Ravens)’ll be playoff bound, and Cincy will be headed home with “Midget” (Marvin Lewis) at the front of the bus lol

  7. I’d like to know what OC Bill Laser was thinking passing 3 straight plays with the clock winding down 2nd Q allowing the Ratbirds to score before half and starting momentum shift!

  8. Harbaugh not very smart. Needed to kick the fg and then go for the onside kick to give themselves s chance. What was Flacco thinking? Chuck it to the end zone instead of three yds dump downs in the middle of the field. Wow! You have to take some chances down 11 with time running out of you aren’t going to kick the fg.

  9. Bengals playing their superbowl in week 2, even if they went 16-0 they’ll always be one and done with Marvin. 0-6 when it matters.

  10. Steelers fan here. And I have to be honest all off season I was excited for this year. Figured it be an easy division title and probable AFC championship game…but both cincy an bmore look improved and legit thru the first 2 weeks. And I really believe Cleveland is gonna give teams all they can handle and once they get a real coach be a real contender as well… My Steelers …well… They have talent on offense but Tomlin is a joke. Its gonna take everything going right to win this division.

  11. The Ravens did not beat a single playoff bound team last season and missed the playoffs as a result. This season their only win came against Buffalo, a playoff team last season but they do not figure to make the playoffs again after dumping starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor without making sure they have someone better before doing it. Bengals probably won’t make the playoffs either, and yet the Bengals won decisively, so the Ravens are probably going to miss the playoffs again this season.

  12. Ravens fans have been one of the most overrated teams in the past few weeks. Maybe this sends them back down to earth. A Super Bowl favorite (how???) does not lose to the Bengals.

  13. This was a poorly coached game on both sides. The Bengals did everything to let the Ravens back in, including running three pass plays with 1.5 minute left in the half leaving BAL with all three of their timeouts. As for the Ravens, how does Alex Collins only get 12 touches?

  14. Flacco has all the ball security acumen of Brett Favre, and the Ravens D gets tons of accolades despite giving up more big plays than just about anyone.

  15. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 14, 2018 at 1:57 am
    Bengals playing their superbowl in week 2, even if they went 16-0 they’ll always be one and done with Marvin. 0-6 when it matters.

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    I only wish the Pats got to play the Ravens this season so they could pound them into submission

  16. Not even that close considering 2 of the ravens td’s were after some god awful pi calls. Bring back the replacement refs!!!(jk!!)

  17. Why didn’t Baltimore kick a FG with 40 seconds remaining? They needed two scores, and enough time for an onside kick and a couple of Hail Marys. They have best fg kicker in nfl and isn’t the first score and allowing for a little time on clock the most basic of game management situations?

  18. wallabear says:
    September 14, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Who dey? Dey be a perennial spoiler team like the Bolts who always have a decent regular season who then becomes a spoiler team for real contenders, down the road. Philip Rivers/Chargers have made a career operating on that angle lol

    Blackbirds (Ravens)’ll be playoff bound, and Cincy will be headed home with “Midget” (Marvin Lewis) at the front of the bus lol

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    Get back under the bridge…

    The Ravens aren’t seeing the playing except from their couch…

  19. Cincy played tentative in 2nd half and almost let Ravens catch up. Good win but Bengals need killer instinct…it’s what makes Pats so good. They should have kept going with the high pace, aggressive offense instead of getting conservative.

    Cincy could be the surprise this season but need more character performance from their core players, less hot dogging & undisciplined play.

  20. Heck of a game. My hat goes to the Bengals who took advantage of C.J. Mosley leaving the game. They exploited a lack of depth at that LB (4th rounder Young and an undrafted rookie free agent). But I will give my Ravens props for not throwing in the towel, buckling down and making it a 5 point game. In the end, there were too many mistakes by the Ravens players and coaching staff. We should have attempted a field goal on the second attempt to go for it on 4th down. And Joe needs to protect the ball better. The Bengals D is legit and we all know that. They were all in the pocket. So get Orlando Brown Jr in the game, get C.J. back and let’s start improving this team. Next week we’ll beat the Broncos, but come week 4 we’re on the road in Pittsburgh. I’ll take a 2-2 start, but a 3-1 start would be sweet. Wish Jimmy Smith wasn’t suspended. Go Ravens!

  21. The second game of the season is kind of meaningless. Teams that have been trampled early have gone deep in the playoffs even won SBs and teams that have gone 6-0 to start have been home in January.

  22. lanman11 says:
    September 14, 2018 at 12:51 am
    So 5 turnovers (2 on downs), 66 yards rushing, and scoring only 9 points in the second half is “a furious comeback?”
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    The media doesn’t care about the Bengals, so the narrative still has to feature the Ravens. If the script were flipped, this would’ve been a “dominant win by the Ravens” and “another choke job by the Bengals, who are never ready for prime time”.

    campcouch says:
    September 14, 2018 at 1:17 am
    Early season divisional game. Ravens probably will smash them in Baltimore
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    I wouldn’t count on it. Bengals always have the Ravens number.

    JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 14, 2018 at 1:57 am
    Bengals playing their superbowl in week 2, even if they went 16-0 they’ll always be one and done with Marvin. 0-6 when it matters.
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    It’s 0-7 and you sound salty.

    bemylovetractor says:
    September 14, 2018 at 3:17 am
    Very dull game. Perfect for Thursday night, though.
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    34-23 is dull? 6 passing TD’s and multiple turnovers is dull? A mini-comeback is dull? Just admit you don’t like the teams and move on.

  23. Didn’t see this coming. I guess the dirty birds are quite back yet. Wow, the Bills are really bad.
    Sorry – meant to say they are NOT quite back yet.

  24. Flacco had fear in his eyes before the first snap. You could see it. He was intimidated, and it spread to the rest of the offense. He’s lost too many games to the Bengals at home.

    The Bengals came prepared, and put the Ravens defense off balance, and then they lost Mosley. They weren’t intimidated, but they were definitely missing Jimmy Smith.

    The defense is brittle, but will recover when they get Mosley and Smith back. But I don’t believe Flacco will ever return to championship form. Jackson isn’t ready, but the transition to the new era may have to begin before next season.

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