By Chris Roling
The Cincinnati Bengals bucked their own reputation on primetime Thursday night with a 34-23 whipping of the Baltimore Ravens.
With the win, Cincinnati moves into first place in the AFC North with plenty of room to gain in the coming weeks.
Here’s a bit of instant analysis and game notes from the big win.
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— Jessie Bates with the big interception. The second-round rookie went a long way to get it too — exactly why they cut George Iloka and gave him the spot. He was everywhere all night.
— Sam Hubbard gets a sack. Even better, coaches meant what they said when claiming they wanted him on the field more.
— A.J. Green owns the Ravens, as always. Two touchdowns in the opening quarter.
— C.J. Uzomah had a big game at tight end. He’s a more dynamic weapon than Tyler Kroft, so good to see he’s getting involved while they protect Tyler Eifert.
— Tyler Boyd is the perfect No. 2. He’s out of the slot, but should see the most targets after Green each...