Cincinnati's Andy Dalton tosses four touchdowns as Bengals hold off Ravens

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Past year the Bengals eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs in the final seconds and you can be guaranteed that the Ravens have not forgotten that. He sent them to another loss on Thursday night by throwing four more, getting the best of a defence that has bedeviled him for much of his career. On Thursday, he carved up a defence that has more often gotten the upper hand in their rivalry, leading Cincinnati (2-0) to an early 21-point lead. Dalton overcame that by hitting Boyd for 17 yards running across the field. "That's exactly how we wanted to start the game". I think we only had one drop, if I can recall, and that was big. Second-year UDFA Hardy Nickerson had four tackles in relief last week and will likely be looked upon to start with Brown sidelined. Dalton finished 24 of 42 for 265 yards, throwing four touchdown passes for the fifth time in his career. Before his two-catch, 17-yard effort in the 2017 finale, Green racked up 37 catches for 678 yards and six touchdowns in the previous six meetings. Upset that he fumbled twice during a 34-23 win at Indianapolis on Sunday, he caught everything near him during the Bengals' early surge. Suggs just missed bating it down as Dalton eyed Green slanting from the right. "We were clicking on all cylinders". Green only caught five passes in the game, but he punished Baltimore down in the red zone, demonstrating why opposing defenses shouldn't match up with him one-on-one out of the slot; at first with a crossing route and then in the second quarter with an out route.

A reporter asking Monday about last year's game couldn't even get the whole question out before Ravens coach John Harbaugh interjected, "Thanks for the reminder". He connected with wide receiver A.J. Green for three touchdowns as the Bengals raced to a 21-0 lead.

"You better bounce back quick on a Thursday night and we didn't do it quick enough tonight", quarterback Joe Flacco said. The Bengals followed with a pair of field goals, sandwiched around a Ravens' fumble forced by Cincinnati safety Shawn Williams. The Ravens finished with six sacks and two interceptions. "Whoever was fresh was going out and making plays". After a long eight-month wait, Baltimore finally embraces its chance for revenge on Thursday Night Football when it takes on the Bengals at 8:20 p.m. ET. With four touchdown receptions through one-and-a-half games, Green is well on his way to being one of the league leaders in 2018.

It will mark Baltimore's first real test of the season. They're the first team to score at least 34 points in each of their first two games since the 2013 Broncos, who reached the Super Bowl, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and Williams each limped off the field in the closing minutes. The fan was grabbed by security.

The Ravens played most of the night without linebacker C.J. Mosley, who bruised his knee in the first quarter. 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.

Ravens host the Denver Broncos.