"We were clicking on all cylinders". The Bengals scored on the next three ensuing drives with Green responsible for two more touchdowns - a 32 yarder and another short score from the red zone.
The second-year back left the game in the third quarter with a right knee injury. With a dominating first half and a display of talent on both sides of the ball, the Bengals looked like a team that could compete with anyone.
"The way Bill is calling it and what we're doing has been great", Dalton said.
After looking healthy, decisive and strong through training camp and in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, Flacco resembled the struggling Flacco of recent years as the Ravens fell behind 21-0 in the first half. If the secondary can continue to play sticky in coverage, the Bengals will be a playoff contending team as long as Andy Dalton and co. hold up their end of the bargain.
Every other rookie - 0.33-spherical snatch Sam Hubbard - obtained a sack that modified into as soon as if truth be told one of Four for a Bengals pass dawdle that careworn Flacco all evening.
DALTON'S DAY: Heading into the game, Dalton had thrown more interceptions (17) than touchdowns (15) against the Ravens, including a four-interception performance at Paul Brown Stadium a year ago. A year ago nearly to the day, they lost to the Houston Texans, falling to 0-2, and fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese the following day after scoring nine points in two games. "I think our guys brought it to them tonight", said rookie safety Jessie Bates, per the team's official website. "That's going to hurt you for sure, and it did".
Four of those scoring strikes have been to Green, who provided a new wrinkle for opposing defenses by lining up in the slot for all three first-half touchdown passes on Thursday night.
Bal - FG Tucker 55, 12:30. Flacco threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a 21-yarder to John Brown that cut it to 28-23 with 9:35 left.
Cin - FG Bullock 28, 2:59. They've overcome a 21-point deficit to win a game only once in their history, beating the Arizona Cardinals 30-27 in 2011.
Cincinnati used a 14-point first quarter to take a lead it would never relinquish.
Flacco is at the helm of the Ravens, but the future is with No. 8 Lamar Jackson, who Baltimore hopes will take over under center in the not-so-distant future.