The Ravens already look far better this year than last year. Dalton did have an interception earlier on in the game that was nearly taken back for a touchdown but he was able to make a good tackle on the defender to prevent him from scoring and recovered nicely for the remainder of the game. He finished the game with five receptions for 69 yards and his three scores.
The last time the Baltimore Ravens saw the Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd turned fourth-and-12 into a 49-yard touchdown in the final minute of Week 17, sending the Ravens home for January and upstate NY into a frenzy as Baltimore coughed up the AFC's final wild-card spot to the Buffalo Bills. On 11 targets, he completed eight passes for 74 yards with a touchdown and six first downs.
The Cincinnati Bengals had an answer for everything, the Ravens had an answer for nothing.
Green had a solid 2017 campaign with over 1,000 receiving yards for the sixth time in seven seasons.
This performance against Baltimore is a reminder that Green just might be the most underrated receiver in the NFL. Touchdown No. 3 came after the Ravens' third punt in four possession, as Green bested Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey on a 3rd-and-goal catch to give the Bengals a three-TD edge early. But the Bengals had a decent night on defense Thursday, sacking Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco four times and intercepting him twice.
"We did all that and he still made some great plays", coach John Harbaugh said. We did not make a good play. They haven't won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest drought in National Football League history.
The Bengals improved to 2-0 with the 34-23 win. The Bengals are 6-14 in prime-time games since Dalton's rookie season of 2011 - 0-5 on Sunday night, 2-5 on Monday night, 4-3 on Thursday night and 0-1 on Saturday night.
The Bengals have not only done what the 1988 Bengals never did, but also something no team in franchise history has done by scoring at least 34 points in the first two games ... The fan was grabbed by security. The defense was suffocating as the unit did not allow a first down in the first half and held the Bills to 153 total yards. Harbaugh said an exam found no ligament damage, but the linebacker could be sidelined for a while. While Vontaze Burfict is still serving his four-game suspension, Preston Brown is inactive for the game after entering the day questionable to play due to an ankle injury. DE Michael Johnson hurt his left knee in the first quarter and didn't return.
Bengals play at Carolina.