Dalton throws 4 TD passes, leads Bengals over Ravens 34-23
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By bengals writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton has turned into a big pain for the Baltimore Ravens.

He threw four touchdown passes on Thursday night — three of them to A.J. Green — as the Cincinnati Bengals got ahead big and held on for a 34-23 victory that left them alone atop the AFC North.

It’s an unaccustomed spot for Cincinnati, which is off to its first 2-0 start since it won the division title in 2015.

Coach Marvin Lewis received a contract extension in part because of Dalton’s 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd in the closing seconds of the final game at Baltimore last season, which gave the Bengals a victory and knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention. Dalton made the big plays again on Thursday, leaving the Ravens (1-1) too far behind to catch up.

“We came out hot,” Dalton said. “That’s exactly how we wanted to start the game. That’s a big one — puts us 2-0 to start the year and gives us a leg up in the division.”

Down by 21 points, the Ravens made a run at it behind Joe Flacco, who threw a pair of touchdown passes. Flacco fumbled with 2:42 to go — Shawn Williams stripped the ball from behind — setting up a field goal by Randy Bullock that closed it...



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