A.J. Green is torching the Ravens for fantasy owners

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September 15, 2018

For Baltimore, Joe Flacco is coming off a game where he completed 25 of 34 pass attempts for 236 yards and 3 touchdown passes. That did end up happening but only because their game against the woeful Bills turned into a blowout. Dalton had a QB rating of 109.7 and had plenty of support from running back Joe Mixon, who had 95 yards and a score. Dalton knew that Green would get there in time to make the play work, just like he knew he could keep going to him on Thursday and Green would find a way to make the play. All three are great receivers, Sneed was an unsung hero in New Orleans while a fit and, well, Crabtree would get into any team in the NFL. It was their second consecutive dominant defensive performance in a season opener, after Terrell Suggs & Co. silenced the Bengals 20-0 in Cincinnati in Week 1 previous year.

The 70,507 fans at M&T Bank Stadium were on their feet, cheering for one more defensive stop that would put the Ravens back in the playoffs.

Then there is the Ravens defence, although it is hard to judge from Sunday's stroll. Add in Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have more weapons than they have had in a long time. The final game of a 7-9 finish became the start of an overhaul for their offense that finished last in the league.

"I definitely feel like we have the potential to be really good", Dalton said. Andy Dalton was as strong as ever and AJ Green continues to be excellent at WR.

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The Ravens sandwiched one-yard scores by Buck Allen (rushing) and rookie Mark Andrews (receiving) around Boyd's 14-yard touchdown to get within 28-14 at half-time. The Bengals improved to 2-0 with the 34-23 win.

After a first-quarter interception, his 75th since the 2013 season for the second-most in the league, Flacco tightened up and nearly pulled off an impressive comeback until Bengals safety Shawn Williams forced a turnover to effectively end the game. They've overcome a 21-point deficit to win a game only once in their history, beating the Arizona Cardinals 30-27 in 2011. And, as the Bengals have learned over the years, doing too many stupid things results in losing games. This means it always worth considering the home side no matter who they are playing. The Ravens were simply helpless against Green when he was in scoring distance, and his nose for the end zone will be critical for Cincinnati this year. Cincinnati's victory against the Colts looks to have been the more impressive of the two.

"If I were to say 'no, ' I'd be lying", Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr said.

Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates rank first with 87 touchdowns, followed by Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski (76) and Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown (60).

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