Sunday, September 23, 2018

Ravens-Bengals Capsule

BALTIMORE (1-0) at CINCINNATI (1-0)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network

OPENING LINE — Bengals by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Baltimore 1-0, Cincinnati 1-0

SERIES RECORD — Tied 22-22

LAST MEETING — Bengals beat Ravens 31-27, Dec. 31, 2017

LAST WEEK — Ravens beat Bills 47-3; Bengals beat Colts 34-23

AP PRO32 RANKING — Ravens No. 9, Bengals No. 16

RAVENS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (14), PASS (12).

RAVENS DEFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (83), PASS (70).

BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (21), PASS (16).

BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (7), PASS (27).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bengals won seven of nine vs. Ravens, splitting series last year. Ravens won season opener 20-0 at Paul Brown Stadium, first time Cincinnati was blanked in an opener. Bengals won rematch at Baltimore on Andy Dalton's 49-yard TD to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left, knocking Ravens out of playoff hunt and giving Buffalo postseason berth. ... Baltimore 7-2 on Thursday night with five straight wins. Bengals are 7-6. ... In debut under first-year defensive coordinator Don Martindale, Ravens didn't allow first down until third quarter vs. Buffalo. ... Joe Flacco went 25 of 34 for 236 yards and three TDs, connecting with each of new receivers John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead for score. ... Ravens 23-11 in September under Harbaugh. ... Baltimore led NFL with 22 INTs last year and had two picks in opener. ... Ravens backup QB Lamar Jackson used periodically, mostly as decoy, in NFL debut against Buffalo before taking over for Flacco in third quarter with score 40-0. ... CB Tavon Young had first two sacks of career in opener. ... LB Terrell Suggs had sack last week to increase his franchise-record to 126 1/2. ... Bengals trying to go 2-0 for only fifth time in coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons. Last time was 2015. Also did it in 2005, 2006 and 2014. Reached playoffs three of those years and lost in first round. Last year, Bengals started 0-3. ... Dalton went 21 of 28 passes for 243 yards with two TDs and passer rating of 109.7 vs Colts. ... In 20-0 loss to Ravens last year, Dalton matched career high with four INTs. ... WR A.J. Green had 38-yard TD catch vs. Colts, but also fumbled twice. ... LB Vontaze Burfict sits out second of four-game suspension for violating NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. ... Fantasy Tip: Bengals RB Joe Mixon was focus of redesigned offense vs. Colts, carrying 17 times for 95 yards and catching five passes for 54 yards.

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