Two of those penalties came in the first half, with the first one (a pass interference by Tony Jefferson in the end zone) setting the Bengals up at the one-yard line, which led to their first touchdown of the game. By comparison, the Ravens had only 27 yards and one first down during that span.
It wasn't only the offense that had major issues early. In his first year as the undisputed no.1 back in Cincinnati, Mixon touched the ball 22 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. After going up by three touchdowns against the Ravens, they appeared to unravel momentarily, allowing a late touchdown in the first half and then letting the Ravens get within five points in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens have a pretty good secondary, and they had no chance against Green.
Baltimore have rung the changes at WR and it payed off big time on Sunday with Michael Crabtree, Willie Sneed & John Brown all heavily involved.
All week long so many Ravens fans, including yours truly, were uncontrollably excited for Thursday night. Offensively, they didn't let a poor offensive line showing stop them, moving the pocket around more and throwing shorter passes dotted with the occasional deep pass that connected. Past year the Bengals eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs in the final seconds and you can be guaranteed that the Ravens have not forgotten that. "That's a big one - puts us 2-0 to start the year and gives us a leg up in the division". Upset that he fumbled twice during a 34-23 win at Indianapolis on Sunday, he caught everything near him during the Bengals' early surge.
"You better bounce back quick on a Thursday night and we didn't do it quick enough tonight", Flacco said. Flacco finished 32-for-55 for 376 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and a passer rating of 76.0.
"John is a different type of player, just with his speed and what he does to defenders", Flacco said.
Mosley's injury, as well as the way the Ravens were dominated up front, should be more concerning than a 1-1 record after two games.
The regular season is officially one week old, and the Cincinnati Bengals are leading the AFC North outright. The team held the Bills to just a field goal last week, no matter how bad the Bills are on paper this is the National Football League and in today's game it's still hard to keep teams in check like they did. Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Ravens host the Denver Broncos.
But multiple mistakes and the loss of linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first quarter were simply too much to overcome in the 34-23 loss.