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The Ravens Need to Make a Statement Against the Bengals

Vinny & Haynie
September 13, 2018 - 4:38 pm

By Tim Barbalace

Baltimore thoroughly handled Buffalo in their season-opening win 47 to 3.  Joe Flacco was sharp going 25 of 34 passing for 236 yards with three touchdowns and no turnovers.  The defense was suffocating as the unit did not allow a first down in the first half and held the Bills to 153 total yards.

The Ravens did what they had to do against the Bills, but they face a much tougher challenge tonight against the Bengals on Thursday Night Football.

Every Ravens fan remembers the last time the team faced the Bengals.  Andy Dalton hit Tyler Boyd for the game-winning 49-yard touchdown on 4th and 12 to stun the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.  The defense couldn't get a stop in a do or die situation for the second consecutive year.

Brandon Carr acknowledged that the Boyd touchdown is still on his mind.

“If I were to say no, I’d be lying,” Carr said. “We’ve still got that bitter taste in our mouths.”

Cincinnati enters tonight's game also 1-0 after knocking off the Colts 34 to 23 in Indianapolis.  Andy Dalton had 243 yards passing with two touchdowns.  Joe Mixon had 149 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.

It's week two of the season, but this game already holds plenty of value.  The winner of tonight will have sole possession of first place in the AFC North and a division win under their belt.

It will mark Baltimore's first real test of the season.  How will the Ravens offensive line hold up against the Bengals defensive line?  How will the Ravens contain AJ Green and Joe Mixon?

The Ravens need to make a statement and pick up a rare road win in Cincinnati.  Joe Flacco is 3-6 in Cincy and had lost there four straight times before last year's season-opening win.  Tonight isn't a must-win game, but a victory could prove that these Ravens are different than last year and give them an early lead in the race for the AFC North crown.

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