The rivalry continues with the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals tonight. Both teams are entering this game with an impressive week-one win. The winner of this game will have a chance to become ranked first in the AFC North. Kickoff begins tonight at 8:20 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Baltimore Ravens Recap
The Ravens put on a show this past Sunday as they defeated the Buffalo Bills 47-3. They came out strong during the first quarter of the game with RB Alex Collins driving through the Bills defense with an 8-yard touchdown. The Ravens defense also seemed to be unstoppable throughout the game, as Buffalo was not able to earn a first down within the first half of the game – a first since 2001.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has been watching the Ravens all preseason as they went 5-0. Lewis recognizes the talent that the Ravens possesses going in tonight’s game.
Key Player to Watch
2012 SuperBowl MVP Joe Flacco is officially back in action. Flacco had three touchdown passes against the Bills and not a single interception. The quarterback is looking better than ever going 25-for-34 for 236 yards and a pass rating of 121.7, which is his best in four years.
Flacco may have played a sensational game against the Bills, but is well-known to severely struggle against the Bengals. In the past ten years, Flacco has thrown 23 interceptions against the Bengals. Not to mention, the Bengals kicked the Ravens out of the playoffs this past year. Getting off to a dominant start is crucial for Flacco’s performance.
Flacco acknowledges the Bengals are a tough team to face.
Cincinnati Bengals Recap
The Bengals defeated the Indianapolis Colts 34-23 this past Sunday. Coming off of an unfortunate 7-9 season, the Bengals currently stand at fourth in the NFL for yards per play as well as second in the NFL for yards per rush after week one. Last week’s game was a test for the Bengals. Head coach Marvin Lewis believes that they need to continue improving off of week one and have the defense on the same page. Joe Mixon was a weapon against the Colts as he ended with 17 carries for 95 yards along with a touchdown. Head coach Marvin Lewis credited Mixon for doing a good job of getting in and out.
It’s expected to be a close matchup as the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals go into tonight’s game. With the Bengals knocking out the Ravens in last years playoffs, the Ravens are looking to make a strong comeback. Kickoff starts tonight at 8:20 p.m. in Cincinnati, Ohio.