Refocused, NFL Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals 34, Baltimore Ravens 23 | NFL Analysis

Tanya Simon
September 15, 2018

As Week 2 of the 2018 NFL Season is about to get underway fans can catch a glimpse of the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. Then they must demonstrate, beginning next month, that they can challenge the Steelers, who have beaten the Bengals six consecutive times and in nine of their last 10 meetings. Cincinnati Bengals victor also will have some bragging rights. In Week 2 past year, the Bengals struggled mightily in a Thursday night loss to the Houston Texans and fired their offensive coordinator the following day.

Offensively, the Ravens have to be concerned about their offensive line.

After trailing 21-0, Baltimore fought back to trail 28-23 in the fourth quarter. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, has slowly risen from 43 to 45.

The Ravens need to make a statement and pick up a rare road win in Cincinnati.

PFF's ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. It wasn't a fluke, either, as he also drove deep in 2015. "When you get the lead, you want to be able to handle it and close it out".

White knows that the Ravens dominated the Bills in Week 1. Dalton was not sacked at all, and he usually had all the time he needed to work over the Ravens' secondary. The newcomer also struggled against Baltimore's defense, going just 6-for-15 for 74 yards.

But the Ravens could have kept it closer in the first half if it weren't for their propensity to shoot themselves in the foot.

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In what started as an ugly, mistake-filled affair, the Bengals got great field position after Joe Flacco's poor interception.

Here are five quick takeaways after the game, which evens the Ravens record at 1-1 heading into a mini bye weekend.

The Bengals sprinted to an early lead Thursday night at home against the Ravens and held on to win, 34-23.

While Green's first touchdown was more about a brilliant fake by quarterback Andy Dalton, this was all about Green. Joe Mixon had 149 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.

White has evaluated all of these numbers, and while we can tell you he's leaning under, he has found a crucial x-factor for which side you should be all over in this one. The Bengals' season ultimately will be judged not on whether they reach the playoffs, but on whether they can win in the playoffs.

Any absence from Mosley, who played 98.55 percent of defensive snaps against the Bills, should put a heavier workload on fellow inside linebacker, Patrick Onwuasor.

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