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.
There's never a good time to suffer an injury, but this one came at a particularly untimely manner for Mosley, as he is playing on the a year ago of his deal with the Ravens, as mentioned by Schefter. Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree made a sensational TD grab during Week 1 and will be a major key to the Ravens offense having success against a strong Bengals defense. In his first year as the undisputed no.1 back in Cincinnati, Mixon touched the ball 22 times for 149 yards and a touchdown.
The 70,507 fans at M&T Bank Stadium were on their feet, cheering for one more defensive stop that would put the Ravens back in the playoffs. Previous year in the season opener at Cincinnati, the Ravens picked off Dalton four times, matching his career high, and gave Cincinnati its first opening shutout in club history 20-0.
The Ravens are 7-2 on Thursday night with five straight wins. Flacco threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a 21-yarder to John Brown that cut it to 28-23 with 9:35 left.
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton finished 24 of 42 for 265 yards and four touchdowns, which came on four consecutive drives in the first half. It was their second consecutive dominant defensive performance in a season opener, after Terrell Suggs & Co. silenced the Bengals 20-0 in Cincinnati in Week 1 previous year. The Bengals defense will need to be physical and force turnovers if they want to take down their division foe and get off to an impressive 2-0 start to the 2018 season. Upset that he fumbled twice during a 34-23 win at Indianapolis on Sunday, he caught everything near him during the Bengals' early surge. Andy Dalton had 243 yards passing with two touchdowns.
"You better bounce back quick on a Thursday night and we didn't do it quick enough tonight", quarterback Joe Flacco said. In truth numerous players over the years have come out against it, feeling that the short timespan between games takes a tough toll on the body.
"John is a different type of player, just with his speed and what he does to defenders", Flacco said. They already can count Fejedelem's and Williams' plays as signs of a team that possesses a killer instinct. Young linebackers Hardy Nickerson and Jordan Evans appeared to mostly fare fine with starting middle linebacker Preston Brown out because of an injury and Vontaze Burfict sitting out due to a suspension.
Ravens host the Denver Broncos.
Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley was carted to the locker room early in the first quarter with a bone bruise in his left knee.
The Bengals will be tested by playing their next two games on the road at Carolina and Atlanta.