Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Ravens, Bengals back together after last seasons thriller

Ravens, Bengals back together after last seasons thriller

The first was when the Colts were on Cincinnati's four-yard line and the other iced the game when Clayton Fejedelem returned a fumble 83 yards for a touchdown. On Thursday, he carved up a defense that has more often gotten the upper hand in their rivalry, leading Cincinnati (2-0) to an early 21-point lead. In his first year as the undisputed no.1 back in Cincinnati, Mixon touched the ball 22 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. From the moment the first turnover occurred to then see A.J. Green, the Raven Killer, go off this game felt lost before it even got a chance to truly begin.

The Ravens switched up their coverage on Green but couldn't stop him in the opening half.

The Baltimore Ravens marched into the second week of the season looking to double down on their 47-3 win over the Buffalo Bills last week.

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. On 11 targets, he completed eight passes for 74 yards with a touchdown and six first downs.

Andy Dalton kept the Ravens out of the playoffs past year by throwing a long touchdown pass. Ironically enough the Bengals were the reason why the Bills won the AFC wild card last season after taking down the Ravens in Week 17.

The victor of this game with move comfortably into the first-place spot for the division as the Steelers and Browns somehow managed to tie each other in Week 1. 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. "That's a big one - puts us 2-0 to start the year and gives us a leg up in the division". But the Bengals had a decent night on defense Thursday, sacking Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco four times and intercepting him twice. Flacco finished 32-for-55 for 376 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and a passer rating of 76.0.

"We still have one (improvement) we need to make, one we haven't done a good job of in the first two games, which is making sure we close out football games", Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and Williams each limped off the field in the closing minutes. While Vontaze Burfict is still serving his four-game suspension, Preston Brown is inactive for the game after entering the day questionable to play due to an ankle injury. They return to action at home against the Denver Broncos Sept. 23.

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley was carted to the locker room early in the first quarter with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Bengals play at Carolina.

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