Good start carries Bengals past Ravens

Rex Christensen
September 16, 2018

Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

SEEING GREEN: Green set a career high with his touchdown catches of 4, 32 and 7 yards.

We've seen this memoir sooner than. Linebacker C.J. Mosley went over to the sideline limping before eventually being carted off the field. He's expected to return within the next two weeks. Running back Joe Mixon battled a right knee issue but finished with 87 yards on 22 touches, and Tyler Boyd added six catches for 91 yards and a score. At that point, no one would have blamed the Ravens for wanting a second game against the Bills this season, not the Bengals. If the Bengals can win, a 2-0 start would be unusual.

Last night's victory clearly came at a cost for the Bengals, as Marvin Lewis' squad must now deal with a crucial injury to their offensive line.

Lazor was elevated from interim coordinator and spent the offseason rewriting the playbook. He's moved Dalton out of the pocket on misdirection plays. And he's put the emphasis on going for big plays, something that was missing past year.

Dalton has looked very comfortable in the new schemes.

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Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network also adds that Mosley and the Ravens weren't making much progress in their extension talks, so the Alabama product's injury is likely only going to make any negotiations more hard.

Coach John Harbaugh said an MRI found no ligament damage. "I think that's where this offense is fortunate".

An upgraded line has made it possible.

Less than 17 minutes into the game, Green had his third touchdown in three possessions against the Ravens' undermanned defense, this time besting cornerback Marlon Humphrey. Up 21-0, Cincinnati already had almost as many yards of total offense (151) as the Bills finished with Sunday (153).

The big guys up front didn't score the points, but they had a big hand in the Bengals win. 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. "They've got my back", Dalton said. There's also the matter of rookie center Billy Price, who left the game early with an injury that could be concerning. Defensive end Michael Johnson hurt his left knee and missed the last three quarters.

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