Ravens vs. Bengals final recap: an ugly start leads to a failed comeback
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By Dustin Cox

On a short week following a 47-3 victory over Buffalo, Baltimore traveled to Cincinnati to face the Bengals for Thursday Night Football.

The Ravens had a horrendous start to the game. Joe Flacco and the offense went three-and-out on the first possession. On the next offensive drive, Flacco threw an interception to rookie safety Jessie Bates III intended for Michael Crabtree. The offensive line was bullied by Cincinnati’s defensive line, allowing three sacks in the first half.

The defense did not start any better, allowing three touchdowns to A.J. Green in the first quarter. Tavon Young allowed the first two and Marlon Humphrey allowed the third. Baltimore was unable to get pressure on Andy Dalton all night long, finishing the game with zero sacks. Tyler Boyd also scored a touchdown.

The defense suffered a major loss early on when C.J. Mosley was carted into the locker room with a knee injury. It has since been announced that Mosley suffered a bone bruise.

The Ravens defensive line was manhandled on the ground with Joe Mixon rushing for 84 yards. Baltimore’s defense was unable to get off the field on several key third downs. Dalton had very little pressure and was able to stand in the pocket and deliver passes. Dalton finished the game 24/42 for 265 yards and four touchdowns....

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