By Matthew Stevens
You have to hand it to the Baltimore Ravens. There’s no reason they should’ve been anywhere close at the end of Thursday’s game against the Bengals. At one point Cincinnati had a 21-point lead but allowed Baltimore to pull within five points in the fourth quarter.
But multiple mistakes and the loss of linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first quarter were simply too much to overcome in the 34-23 loss.
Offensively, the Ravens have to be concerned about their offensive line. It was excused in Week 1 thanks to a lopsided win but they struggled even more Thursday night against the Bengals. Quarterback Joe Flacco was harassed all game long, resulting in four sacks. In some sense, it was also largely responsible for Flacco’s two interceptions and his fumble as well.
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Defensively, the loss of Mosley was the death blow. That left rookie Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor to hold things together in the middle of the field. They couldn’t, allowing quarterback Andy Dalton to attempt throws he never would have tried if Mosley were back...