3-0 Bengals Answer Winless Ravens, 28-24

Andy Dalton and A.J. Green had big days for the Bengals, who answered the rallying Ravens on Sunday while remaining unbeaten at 3-0. The Ravens are 0-3 for the first time in franchise history.

Quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green enjoyed big days for the visiting Bengals, who answered the rallying Ravens on Sunday with a 28-24 win at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Cincinnati moved to 3-0 for the second season in a row. The Bengals are on top of the AFC North Division.

It's not rock bottom for the Ravens, only because it's early. But, it's the bottom of the AFC North nonetheless for Baltimore, and a little bit deeper than that, too. For the first time in franchise history, the Ravens are 0-3. They already are three games behind the Bengals, and it's still September.

The persevering Dalton threw for 383 yards with three touchdowns, two to Green, who was a big difference-maker Sunday with 10 catches for a career-best 227 yards, including a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Dalton also ran for a score to help give the Bengals a 7-0 lead. They led 14-0 at halftime on Dalton's TD pass to receiver Marvin Jones.

The Ravens rallied to within 17-14, and led by three late in the fourth quarter, but Dalton's 7-yard scoring pass to Green with 2:10 to play gave the Bengals the lead for good. Green made a highlight-reel dash to the end zone earlier in the quarter, completing an 80-yard pass from Dalton with 6:37 left.

Baltimore answered with a touchdown on quarterback Joe Flacco's 16-yard pass to receiver Steve Smith. But, less than 2 minutes later, the Bengals were in the end zone a final time to seal it.

"It's been efficiency on offense, defense and special teams," said Dalton, who overcame his first interception of the season, a lost fumble and two sacks. "We've been executing really well and playing complete games."

Those performances and more have the Bengals unbeaten and leading the rugged AFC North by one game over Pittsburgh.

"We're off to a good start, and we got to continue," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "This is a good day today."

The Bengals outgained the Ravens in total yards, 458-398, and survived big days statistically for Flacco (362 yards, 2 TDs) and the ageless Smith (13 catches, 186 yards, 2 TDs).

The Bengals held the Ravens to 36 yards rushing on 18 carries. Baltimore running back Justin Forsett was limited to 13 yards on 10 carries with a long gain of five, and just eight yards on his other nine carries.

Giovani Bernard led the Bengals on the ground with 13 carries for 49 yards. He added 34 yards receiving. Jeremy Hill rushed 12 times for 21 yards. Jones had four catches for 94 yards receiving for the Bengals, but this was Green's day.

Said often-torched Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, beaten repeatedly by Green: "I'm too emotional to speak right now. I'll speak to you sometime next week."

Linebacker Vincent Rey led the Bengals with eight tackles. Cornerback Adam Jones came up with an interception for Cincinnati.


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