Thursday Night Football, Week 2. Tonight the Baltimore Ravens visit the Cincinnati Bengals seeking revenge for the Bengals knocking the Ravens out of the 2017 playoffs. In addition to a rematch of the last game of 2017, this one features an early season battle for sole possession of first place in the AFC North.
In the final game of the 2017 season the Baltimore Ravens needed a win to make the playoffs. All that stood in their way was a bad 6-9 Bengals team that the Ravens had shut out 20-0 in the season opener. Leading by three points in the final minute of play the Ravens appeared headed to the playoffs. Then Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton lofted a 49 yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Tyler Boyd and the Ravens were shockingly knocked out of playoff contention. Now they’re seeking revenge.
The Ravens are as usual led by one of the best defenses in the NFL, which started the season by destroying the Buffalo Bills, 47-3. On offense the Ravens feature a rejuvenated Joe Flacco at quarterback, spurred by competition from dynamic rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. Flacco, with a completely revamped receiving corps to throw to, tossed three touchdown passes last week, while Jackson joined in the fun with a few passes as well as seven rushes for 39 yards.
The Cincinnati Bengals come into the game looking to revitalize a perennial playoff contender fallen on hard times. Led by veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals always look to get the ball to superstar receiver A.J. Green on offense. This year Green is joined by new feature back Joe Mixon, as well as last year’s first round selection, the lightning fast wide receiver John Ross. Tight end Tyler Eifert is healthy for a change and he completes a formidable group of offensive weapons for the Bengals.
The Bengals defense is led once again by star defensive lineman Geno Atkins. Atkins is joined by a group of younger players coming into their own, including 2016 draft picks safety Clayton Fejedelem and linebacker Nick Vigil.
It’s an AFC North grudge match with sole possession of first place on the line. It’s the Ravens and the Bengals in hard hitting Thursday Night Football action.
Enjoy the game everybody.