Ravens can't recover from Bengals' dominant 1st half

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins chases down Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco before completing the sack in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday Sept. 13 2018 in Cincinnati

Refocused, NFL Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals 34, Baltimore Ravens 23 | NFL Analysis

Cincinnati had its streak of five straight playoff appearances broken in 2016, and got off to an 0-3 start previous year that led to another losing record. Fantasy Tip: Bengals RB Joe Mixon was focus of redesigned offense vs. Colts, carrying 17 times for 95 yards and catching five passes for 54 yards.

For as long as he has led the franchise in Baltimore, Flacco has struggled against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Ravens had gotten to within 11 points in the third quarter on kicker Justin Tucker's 55-yard field goal, his 22nd consecutive make dating from last season.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green scored three touchdowns in the first 17 minutes in a win against AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens finally got on the board in the second quarter when Javorius Allen rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. Twice, the Bengals got Green on a matchup with slot corner Tavon Young, and Green beat him for scores. His last was a pinpoint 21-yard throw to Brown, who climbed over cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick in the near corner of the end zone for a touchdown that seemed to deaden the announced 50,018 in Paul Brown Stadium.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh center works the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday Sept. 13 2018 in Cincinnati
AJ Green has career night in little more than a quarter

Due to injuries a couple years ago, or last season's offensive debacle with a awful offensive line and an early-season coordinator change, Green's numbers dipped. What we saw Thursday night is absolutely inexcusable and should not be tolerated whatsoever.

"It just happened to fall that way", Green said.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Cincinnati. They changed four of their five starters on the line, and they looked better during a 34-23 win at Indianapolis on Sunday.

PFF's ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. Colin Cowherd is here to explain why a loss coming off a short week coupled with several other factors means it's no time to panic in Baltimore. Cincinnati Bengals victor also will have some bragging rights. The Bengals answered with a score and on the next play, Baltimore turned it over on downs. The Ravens finished with six sacks and two interceptions.

Baltimore: Flacco and the Ravens offense took almost an entire half of football to get into a groove, and by then it was too late.

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