Bengals' A.J. Green scores three TDs - in 17 minutes

Aubrey Yates
September 14, 2018

Yes, the Ravens limited Buffalo to just 153 yards, marking just the second time since 2012 that the Ravens have held a team under 155 yards but we also must admit that the Bills were truly bad.

The Bengals secondary, which was led by cornerback William Jackson III, took advantage of the struggling Flacco, as they hauled in two interceptions and forced another 10 to fall incomplete.

Baltimore held the Bills to just 33 yards and no first downs in the first half. The 3 touchdown passes each went to newly added receivers for the team, Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Willie Snead.

With the 1988 Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium celebrating the 30th anniversary of their top-ranked offense's run to the Super Bowl, the 2018 Bengals honored them Thursday night with a 21-gun salute to open the game with three Andy Dalton-to-A.J. The defense allowed Dalton to go 9 of 14 for 121 yards while leading Cincinnati to a 21-0 lead, throwing TD passes to Green on three consecutive possessions. Boyd lined up slightly behind Green split to the left and when they crossed to begin their routes they got the matchup they wanted. That's his first career three-touchdown game, and he had it before 17 minutes had elapsed in the game.

As good as the Baltimore offense looked in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, they were conversely as bad against Cincinnati in week 2.

For them, the last-minute touchdown in Baltimore became a starting point. Rookie C Billy Price hurt his right ankle in the first quarter and didn't return.

That's the drive Dalton exploited the blitz on his way to completing 14 of 25 passes for 178 yards and a passer rating of 118 in the half.

What's clear is they have the talent to be competitive, thanks to a stout defensive line, a bevy of targets for Dalton and the running back duo of Mixon and Giovani Bernard.

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"We came out hot", Dalton said.

Brandon Carr acknowledged that the Boyd touchdown is still on his mind. Quarterback Joe Flacco is now in his 11th National Football League season and was feeling a little pressure, with many believing that after a poor 2017 he should be benched and replaced by Lamar Jackson.

Mosley, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, was selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Green still remains the team's biggest offensive playmaker and finished with 6 grabs for 92 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens switched up their coverages on Green but couldn't stop him.

On third down Eifert drew a pass interference call on safety Tony Jefferson in the end zone to bring the ball to the Baltimore 1.

They hooked up again four minutes in the face of the Ravens' vaunted blitz when Dalton read a blitz by the middle backer on third-and-one.

This performance against Baltimore is a reminder that Green just might be the most underrated receiver in the NFL. Green climbed the ladder and ripped the ball out of Austin's hands, shrugged off his tackle and was gone for 32 yards.

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.

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