Five Takeaways From The Ravens' Loss To The Bengals

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Green roasted the Baltimore Ravens for TD catches of 4, 32 and 7 yards, the first two coming in the first quarter and the third occurring early in the second quarter as the Bengals took a 21-0 lead. Between a completely weak effort all the way around from the defense and the offense's inability to sustain drives early in the game, coupled with extremely avoidable turnovers, quickly put Baltimore into a hole they couldn't dig themselves out of.

The Cincinnati Bengals fear starting running back Joe Mixon will need arthroscopic surgery to clean up his injured knee and could miss time, sources told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo. Flacco was sacked on each of Baltimore's first three possessions, and he forced a throw that was picked off, setting up the first of Dalton's three touchdown passes to A.J. Green. The Ravens switched up their coverages on Green but couldn't stop him.

"I don't know, man, no clue", Green said when asked why he shines so bright against Baltimore.

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All week long so many Ravens fans, including yours truly, were uncontrollably excited for Thursday night.

All three of those touchdowns came courtesy of Green's hands, as he needed just three catches on five targets to convert three scores for the Bengals offense.

While Green's first touchdown was more about a brilliant fake by quarterback Andy Dalton, this was all about Green. It was their second consecutive dominant defensive performance in a season opener, after Terrell Suggs & Co. silenced the Bengals 20-0 in Cincinnati in Week 1 a year ago. "They're one of the best defenses I go against every year, so it's always going to be a challenge". The Bengals improved to 2-0 with the 34-23 win.

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After a Justin Tucker 55-yard field goal in the third quarter, Ravens receiver John Brown made it 28-23 with 9:35 to play in the fourth on a gorgeous 21-yard contested grab. Dalton was sharp Thursday night, with four touchdown passes and no interceptions.

It's week two of the season, but this game already holds plenty of value. These were the first two touchdowns he's scored against his division rival since 2015. The team held the Bills to just a field goal last week, no matter how bad the Bills are on paper this is the National Football League and in today's game it's still hard to keep teams in check like they did.

Mosley was diagnosed with a bone bruise after being carted off the field, and an MRI after the game revealed no ligament damage, according to coach John Harbaugh. 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. He left in the first half and briefly returned in the second.

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