Bengals' Andy Dalton: I didn't give us a chance to win

Bengals' Andy Dalton: I didn't give us a chance to win

Last season, Woodhead encountered yet another injury-plagued campaign while appearing in just two regular-season games in what would ultimately become his final go-round as a member of the Chargers. The Ravens took over at the Cincinnati 2-yard line. They stayed with the running game, one of the few times they have shown that type of commitment in years.

As much as the Bengals want to say the kicking competition is over and Randy Bullock has won the job, it's clear the leash is short with rookie fifth-round pick Jake Elliott waiting on the practice squad. Both Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict and cornerback Adam Jones are suspended, which will benefit Baltimore.

Andy Dalton had a game he would love to forget immediately.

Not only will be there be rust to shake, he'll be working behind an offensive line in flux with three new starters.

Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals are pitted against each other in a 2017 National Football League regular season matchup on Sunday.

-Ravens QB Joe Flacco vs. Bengals DL.

It may have been a re-aggravation of the hamstring injury that caused him to miss significant time in training camp.

Baltimore's defense not only shut down the Bengals - Cincinnati gained only 221 total yards - but it kept the Bengals from ever getting comfortable. If Flacco's timing is off with his line and receivers, the pressure could be on. Green vs. Ravens CB Jimmy Smith. His passer rating of 28.4 was the second lowest of his career.

But, the Ravens' defense came up with another big play when Suggs swatted the ball out of Dalton's hand for a fumble that was recovered by Baltimore at the 12. Bowser should help improve that number.

It was an uncharacteristic performance for Dalton.

Bernard, who tore his ACL Nov. 20 against Buffalo and had just four carries in the preseason, carried seven times for 40 yards and caught one pass for 39 yards.

The outing was as good as the Ravens could have hoped for in the opener. The Ravens have recorded multiple sacks against the Bengals in four of the last five meetings.

The red rifle looked more like Raggedy Andy as he threw four interceptions and lost a fumble. Burfict is starting a three-game ban for a unsafe hit during an exhibition game as a repeat offender, while Jones' one-game suspension stems from an offseason incident in a Cincinnati hotel. I expected Baltimore's defense to be fantastic this year. Who are we to argue, especially when Flacco didn't take a snap in preseason?

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