Bengals second-year running back Joe Mixon will need arthroscopic surgery in order to clean up a knee injury sustained in Cincinnati's 34-23 win over Baltimore on Thursday. Their defensive front four gave the Ravens fits all night. The offense's three-play drive was a case study in how not to finish a 21-point comeback: incomplete pass, incomplete pass, fumble on a scramble Flacco hoped would last longer than it did.
The Ravens never got out of the hole Green created for them.
Cincinnati built its 21-point lead by piling up 151 yards and 11 first downs.
Thursday night we saw the opposite of that as Flacco was off the whole game against the Cincinnati Bengals and the defense let up three touchdowns to A.J. Green in the first half. On third-and-goal at the Ravens' 7-yard line, Green caught one in the end zone for his third touchdown. Ravens won season opener 20-0 at Paul Brown Stadium, first time Cincinnati was blanked in an opener. If he wasn't finding Green, he was finding receiver Tyler Boyd, or one of his tight ends over the middle.
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The Ravens lost linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first quarter with a knee injury.
Hope did arrive, on the backs of an improved Flacco and a resilient but depleted defense, both sparking a Ravens rally. In Mosley's absence, the Bengals attacked the middle of the field, and the Ravens can expect more of that. Six different players scored a TD for the Ravens. The backup scooped up the fumble he forced and took it 83 yards to the house for the game-sealing score. Carlos Dunlap hit Flacco on Williams' interception. It didn't seem a good read or wise decision.
After a first-quarter interception, his 75th since the 2013 season for the second-most in the league, Flacco tightened up and nearly pulled off an impressive comeback until Bengals safety Shawn Williams forced a turnover to effectively end the game. "We just played sound offense in the first half and made the plays in the second half that we needed". Joe Flacco went 25 of 34 for 236 yards and three TDs, connecting with each of new receivers John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead for score. The Bengals are 18-45 in those games.
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.