Thursday Night Football Preview
THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW:
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS
September 13, 2018
Week 2 gets underway on Thursday, September 13 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network) as the Baltimore Ravens travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in an early-season AFC North showdown. The Ravens and Bengals meet for the 45th time with the all-time series tied 22-22. In Week 17 of the 2017 season, Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver TYLER BOYD with 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to secure a 31-27 victory over Baltimore. Bengals cornerback DARQUEZE DENNARD also had an 89-yard interception-return touchdown in the contest.
Last week, Cincinnati running back JOE MIXON recorded 149 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 54 receiving) and a rushing touchdown and wide receiver A.J. GREEN had six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 34-23 victory at Indianapolis. The Bengals scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, punctuated by an 83-yard fumble-return touchdown by safety CLAYTON FEJEDELEM with 24 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Bengals defensive tackle GENO ATKINS, who recorded a sack in Week 1, has 62 sacks since entering the league in 2010, the most among NFL defensive tackles over the span.
Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO completed 25 of 34 passes (73.5 percent) and threw three touchdowns, including scoring passes to JOHN BROWN, MICHAEL CRABTREE and WILLIE SNEAD in each of their team debuts, as the Ravens defeated the Bills 47-3 on Kickoff Weekend. The Ravens had six different players score an offensive touchdown in the contest. Baltimore linebacker C.J. MOSLEY is the only NFL player with at least 450 tackles (474), eight sacks (eight) and eight interceptions (eight) since entering the league in 2014.
Thursday's contest marks the first of seven exclusively televised games on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink and Mike Pereira on the call.
For the Week 2 Baltimore-Cincinnati capsule, click here.