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Unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals still searching for true identity

Unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals still searching for true identity

He left in the first half and briefly returned in the second.

"Yep, we're 2-0!" cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said.

NOT THE BILLS: The Ravens were coming off their third-most lopsided win in club history, a 47-3 victory over Buffalo on Sunday.

Here are five quick takeaways after the game, which evens the Ravens record at 1-1 heading into a mini bye weekend.

This effectively allowed Cincinnati to seal the game with a field goal after Baltimore had reduced their lead in the second half to just five points at one stage, in a game that should have been a blowout.

DALTON'S DAY: Heading into the game, Dalton had thrown more interceptions (17) than touchdowns (15) against the Ravens, including a four-interception performance at Paul Brown Stadium past year. The Bengals scored on the next three ensuing drives with Green responsible for two more touchdowns - a 32 yarder and another short score from the red zone. The Bengals answered with a score and on the next play, Baltimore turned it over on downs. Working behind a revamped line, he completed 21 of 28 for 243 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 109.7 at Indianapolis, a notable improvement over last season. His absence is smaller than Dixon's, since the tight end group has looked strong with Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle, and Mark Andrews combining for nine catches and 103 yards. "This is a division opponent; they know us very well and we know them very well".

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh center works the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday Sept. 13 2018 in Cincinnati
AJ Green has career night in little more than a quarter

MISSING MOSLEY: Ravens middle linebacker C.J. Mosley left in the first quarter with a bruised knee. Bengals trying to go 2-0 for only fifth time in coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons. "I think our guys brought it to them tonight", said rookie safety Jessie Bates, per the team's official website.

"John is a different type of player, just with his speed and what he does to defenders", Flacco said.

Bal - FG Tucker 55, 12:30.

Cin - FG Bullock 28, 2:59.

Mixon was in visible pain on the sidelines as he made multiple returns in and out of the game. Mixon gutted through a painful knee injury to total 84 yards rushing in the game, including a 21-yarder late that helped keep the Ravens at arm's distance. The Ravens defense sent quarterback Nathan Peterman to the bench (where he arguably should have been anyway) and made Josh Allen's debut far from memorable in rainy weather in Baltimore.