AJ Green scores second touchdown in first quarter

Dre Kirkpatrick

Dre Kirkpatrick

By the time the Ravens figured out what they needed to do, they were too far behind and their streak of five straight Thursday night wins was tottering. Both sides enjoyed big wins in their opening games, so who can keep their momentum going? They're off to a 2-0 start, while the Ravens and Steelers are showing some vulnerabilities.

Due to injuries a couple years ago, or last season's offensive debacle with a bad offensive line and an early-season coordinator change, Green's numbers dipped.

Second-year running back Joe Mixon finished last week's performance with 17 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Green set the tone with touchdown catches of 4, 28 and 7 yards on consecutive possessions, a career high. It's now not looking good for them, as the Cincinnati Bengals are ahead by a big margin in the first half.

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

The Ravens simply don't have the personnel to account for Green, who is one of the league's best receivers and is borderline unstoppable when on the same page as Andy Dalton.

"We did all that and he still made some great plays", coach John Harbaugh said.

The Bengals (2-0) didn't let him get into a rhythm until Cincinnati led by three touchdowns. Flacco threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a 21-yarder to John Brown that cut it to 28-23 with 9:35 left. Andy Dalton was as strong as ever and AJ Green continues to be excellent at WR. We did not make a good play.

The Bengals honored their 1988 Super Bowl team at halftime, their last team to go deep into the playoffs.

The Bengals host the Ravens on Thursday to open Week 2.

So the Bengals allowed no sacks and ran the ball for 3.9 yards per carry against the NFL's No. 1 defense. Green had six two-TD games in his career prior to this game, but never three.

This game is a battle for the early lead in the AFC North division between two bitter rivals.

Prediction: While the game preview guide to tonight's Bengals-Ravens matchup picks the Ravens as the winning team, I'm going to disagree.

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

What a start it was for the Ravens in week one. Harbaugh said an exam found no ligament damage, but Mosley 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.

Ravens host the Denver Broncos.

The Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and all of Green's future opponents in 2018 have certainly been put on notice after this jaw-dropping display of touchdown-scoring madness.

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