Dal­ton’s air at­tack lifts Ben­gals past Ravens

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

CINCIN­NATI (AP) — Andy Dal­ton threw four touch­down passes in the first half – three to A.J. Green – against a de­fence that has be­dev­iled him through­out his ca­reer, and the Cincin­nati Ben­gals held on for a 34-23 vic­tory over the Bal­ti­more Ravens on Thurs­day night.

Dal­ton knocked the Ravens (1-1) out of play­off con­tention last sea­son by throw­ing a 49-yard touch­down pass in the clos­ing sec­onds of the fi­nal game in Bal­ti­more. On Thurs­day, he sliced-and-diced a de­fence that has more of­ten got­ten the up­per hand in their AFC North ri­valry, lead­ing Cincin­nati (2-0) to an early 21-point lead.

Head­ing into the game, Dal­ton had thrown more in­ter­cep­tions (17) than touch­downs (15) against the Ravens, in­clud­ing a four-in­ter­cep­tion game at Paul Brown Sta­dium last sea­son. Dal­ton fin­ished 24 of 42 for 265 yards, throw­ing four touch­down passes for only the fifth time in his ca­reer.

Green set the tone with touch­down catches of four, 28 and seven yards on con­sec­u­tive pos­ses­sions, a ca­reer high. Up­set that he fum­bled twice dur­ing a 34-23 win at In­di­anapo­lis on Sun­day, he caught ev­ery­thing near him dur­ing the Ben­gals’ early surge.

Green fin­ished with five catches for 69 yards.

Dal­ton’s 14-yard touch­down throw to Tyler Boyd made it 28-7 late in the first half.

Joe Flacco was sharp in an open­ing 47-3 win over the Bills, but couldn’t do any­thing against Cincin­nati un­til the Ben­gals led by three touch­downs.

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