And when the Bengals returned to Cincinnati after a second straight losing season, owner Mike Brown made a decision to give Lewis a two-year extension based in part upon the Bengals' 31-27 win that day. "That's a big one - puts us 2-0 to start the year and gives us a leg up in the division".
Overall, Flacco completed 25 of 34 passes for 236 yards with three touchdowns in little more than a half.
Mixon has 14 carries for 48 yards in the game and Cincinnati holds a lead.
With Smith serving the second game of a four-game suspension, the Ravens' secondary was victimized for four first-half touchdown passes, including three to receiver A.J. Green. By comparison, the Ravens had only 27 yards and one first down during that span.
A few hours after a Thursday night loss to the Texans left them 0-2 last season, the Bengals made a decision that amounted to reversing field.
"It just happened to fall that way", Green said.
It was the same days earlier against the Colts, when it appeared they were about to give up a go-ahead score late in the game.
The second-year back left the game in the third quarter with a right knee injury. On Thursday night, though, we saw some.
Green had a solid 2017 campaign with over 1,000 receiving yards for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Cincinnati will get a better gauge on the team over the next two weeks when they play a pair of road games against Carolina and Atlanta. Cincinnati Bengals victor also will have some bragging rights.
Cincinnati's offensive line protected Dalton well last night, as the Ravens could not generate enough pass rush to even sack him once. Unfortunately, at times during their play in the second half, they also looked like a team that could lose to anyone.
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. The Bengals answered with a score and on the next play, Baltimore turned it over on downs. A form of sacks compelled a fumble in the fourth quarter to seal the game, and a pass dawdle by Carlos Dunlap earlier in the game induced Flacco's varied interception.