The Ravens are a perennial threat to take the AFC NORTH every year, but after their loss to the Bengals their hopes for a playoff birth this season may already be D-E-A-D. They are still seeking their first win going into week four.
No one can say that this game wasn’t exciting with each team topping the other back and forth in the fourth quarter with the Bengals making one more super play than the Ravens to win it.
Bengals star receiver A.J. Green may have been the difference. He finished the game with 10 catches for a career high 227 yards and two touchdowns. Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 20 passes in 32 attempts for 383 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 362 yards.
The Bengals kept finding themselves in a hole, but were able to overcome it. They blew a 14-point lead twice and were trailing in the fourth quarter and continuously were able to beat the Ravens defense in the quarter to finally win the game.
The Ravens took the lead in the game for the first time with just 6:49 remaining when linebacker C.J. Mosley recovered a Dalton fumble and returned it 41-yards for a touchdown giving the Ravens the lead 17-14.
The Bengals quickly followed with a score of their own when Dalton hit Green for an 80-yard score and the lead 21-17.
Undaunted, the Ravens went on a 79-yard drive converting two third-downs and finishing with a Flacco pass to Steve Smith Sr. for a 16-yard touchdown making the score Ravens 24 Bengals 21 with just four minutes to go.
Dalton then managed an 80-yard drive in six plays culminating in a pass to Green for the winning touchdown.
The Ravens remember Green’s heroics all too well. Last year he caught a 77-yard touchdown pass with 4:58 remaining. With this defeat, the Ravens have lost to the Bengals four games in a row.
A penalty may have been the game breaker. During the last Raven drive, left tackle Kelechi Osemele was flagged for grabbing Bengals’ linebacker Vincent Rey’s facemask with 1:46 left on the clock. The Ravens had converted on a fourth down completion to Smith. But the flag negated the play and the Ravens had to overcome forth and 17, but couldn’t.
As a result of the loss the Ravens now stand at 0-3 for the first time in team history. Since 1990, only 2.4 percent of teams that started 0-3 went on to the playoffs. BENGALS 28 RAVENS 24
The one team that may be able to catch the Bengals and win the North is the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, those hopes may have been dashed when QB Ben Roethlisberger suffered an injury to his left knee. Michael Vick had to take the reigns and finished with five completions in six attempts for 38 yards. He also ran twice for minus two yards.
This was the first game for Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell after a suspension and he scored on a one-yard run in the first half. In addition, Steelers DB Will Allen intercepted a Nick Foles pass with 1:56 remaining which set up a Josh Scobee field goal.
With just 1:19 remaining it appeared that Foles had completed a pass to Kenny Britt for a first down near midfield. However, the Steelers successfully challenged the play and got the call.
Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein got the Rams only points by kicking two field goals. The Rams have scored a total of 16 points in the last two games. STEELERS 12 RAMS 6
Two touchdowns passes by Derek Carr, 139 rushing yards from Latavius Murray, 134 receiving yards from rookie Amari Cooper, two field goals from Sebastian Janikowski, and a Charles Woodson interception with just 38 seconds left to clinch the game was all the Oakland Raiders needed to beat the Cleveland Browns.
Josh McCown played QB for the Browns instead of Johnny Manziel, who led the team to a win in the home opener. It was McCown’s first game after suffering a concussion in the home opener. He passed for 341 yards and was sacked five times. It was the Raiders first road win since 2013. Raiders 27 Browns 20
AFC NORTH STANDINGS
CINCINNATI BENGALS 3-0
PITTSBURGH STEELERS 2-1
CLEVELAND BROWNS 1-2
BALTIMORE RAVENS 0-3
AFC NORTH SCHEDULE
CHIEFS @ BENGALS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015
BROWNS @ CHARGERS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015
RAVENS @ STEELERS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2015
Courtesy of Baltimorebeatdown.com