Andy Dalton throws 4 touchdowns as Bengals beat Ravens 34-23

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Bengals second-year running back Joe Mixon will need arthroscopic surgery in order to clean up a knee injury sustained in Cincinnati's 34-23 win over Baltimore on Thursday. Mixon said the knee felt "weird" and was sore, but he chose to return to the game.

As good as the Baltimore offense looked in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, they were conversely as bad against Cincinnati in week 2.

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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. But the real fireworks took place before the game, at a nursing home in Cincinnati. It wasn't fancy, but they exploited matchups against the Bengals linebackers who struggled in coverage. In the meantime, the Bengals haven't made the postseason since 2015.

The Ravens defense shot themselves in the foot with penalties, committing four on third-down, three of which extended drives.

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Click on the video above to see all three of Green's touchdowns. When it mattered late Thursday, he ran the offense the way he likes - fast - and often found his wide receiver who fits that description: John Brown. A rematch against the hated AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals was already enough reason for us to want a smack-down, but add in the fact that this is the same squad that ultimately eliminated Baltimore from the playoffs in 2017 and this game became that much more important. The Ravens finished with six sacks and two interceptions. Atkins was a force in the interior, racking up two sacks and several quarterback pressures, at times making All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda look silly. This unit has the makings to be special in 2018. He now has 44 grabs for 764 yards and nine scores in his past eight games against Baltimore.

The Ravens had gotten to within 11 points in the third quarter on kicker Justin Tucker's 55-yard field goal, his 22nd consecutive make dating from last season. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton attributed the win to a strong start, clearly, but it was also a strong performance Dalton and company kept up through the next three quarters that put the Ravens' comeback to bed.

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The Ravens played most of the night without linebacker C.J. Mosley, who bruised his knee in the first quarter.

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