Ravens can't recover from Bengals' dominant 1st half
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By bengals writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — By the time the Ravens figured out what they needed to do, they were too far behind and their streak of five straight Thursday night wins was tottering.

A second-half comeback wasn’t nearly enough as the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 34-23 victory, riding a dominant start led by Andy Dalton’s four touchdown passes.

“You better bounce back quick on a Thursday night and we didn’t do it quick enough tonight,” quarterback Joe Flacco said.

The Ravens (1-1) were coming off one of their most impressive games, a 47-3 win over Buffalo that was the third-largest margin of victory in franchise history. Flacco was on target while playing little more than a half, throwing three touchdown passes.

The Bengals (2-0) didn’t let him get into a rhythm until Cincinnati led by three touchdowns. Flacco was sacked on each of Baltimore’s first three possessions, and he forced a throw that was picked off, setting up the first of Dalton’s three touchdown passes to A.J. Green.

Cincinnati built its 21-point lead by piling up 151 yards and 11 first downs. By comparison, the Ravens had only 27 yards and one first down during that...



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