Baltimore Ravens LB CJ Mosley leaves with knee injury, doubtful to return

A.J. Green is looking for a big finish vs. the Ravens at home

A.J. Green is looking for a big finish vs. the Ravens at home

Bengals running back Joe Mixon is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Ravens, the team announced.

PFF's ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. They've shown flashes of brilliance, but they haven't put it together in any sort of consistent fashion. Andy Dalton hit Tyler Boyd for the game-winning 49-yard touchdown on 4th and 12 to stun the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium. 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. They spent the offseason ridding themselves of their longtime veterans and assembled one of the youngest rosters in the league in the process. It's now not looking good for them, as the Cincinnati Bengals are ahead by a big margin in the first half. By comparison, the Ravens had only 27 yards and one first down during that span.

Ravens: LB C.J. Mosley left in the first quarter with a bruised knee.

The Bengals have multiple weapons on offense and not just in the passing game.

The last time the Baltimore Ravens saw the Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd turned fourth-and-12 into a 49-yard touchdown in the final minute of Week 17, sending the Ravens home for January and upstate NY into a frenzy as Baltimore coughed up the AFC's final wild-card spot to the Buffalo Bills. "When you get the lead, you want to be able to handle it and close it out".

The big guys up front didn't score the points, but they had a big hand in the Bengals win. He sent them to another loss on Thursday night by throwing four more, getting the best of a defense that has bedeviled him for much of his career. I think we only had one drop, if I can recall, and that was big.

Andy Dalton had it working in the first half, and outside of a couple of slightly off-target throws and a contested jump ball he forced on an end zone fade, he was spot on. We simply don't know how good the Ravens were because the Bills were so bad. The defense got a jolt from an unlikely hero against the Clayton Fejedelem.

So which side should you back for Ravens vs. Bengals and which crucial x-factor determines who wins? They're the first team to score at least 34 points in each of their first two games since the 2013 Broncos, who reached the Super Bowl, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

With Mixon down, the Bengals will rely on Giovani Bernard to handle rushing duties.

However, the Bengals' lapses are certainly cause for concern, especially with a hard schedule looming. In Mosley's absence, the Bengals attacked the middle of the field, and the Ravens can expect more of that. "We've still got that bitter taste in our mouths". "It's early in the season but we came out here (Thursday) and played pretty solid in all three phases".

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