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Andy Dalton has turned into a big pain for the Baltimore Ravens.

He threw four touchdown passes on Thursday night 鈥?three of them to A.J. Green 鈥?as the Cincinnati Bengals got ahead big and held on for a 34-23 victory that left them alone atop the AFC North.It's an unaccustomed spot for Cincinnati , which is off to its first 2-0 start since it won the division title in 2015.Coach Marvin Lewis received a contract extension in part because of Dalton's 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd in the closing seconds of the final game at Baltimore last season, which gave the Bengals a victory and knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention. Dalton made the big plays again on Thursday, leaving the Ravens (1-1) too far behind to catch up."We came out hot," Dalton said. "That's exactly how we wanted to start the game. That's a big one 鈥?puts us 2-0 to start the year and gives us a leg up in the division."Down by 21 points, the Ravens made a run at it behind Joe Flacco, who threw a pair of touchdown passes. Flacco fumbled with 2:42 to go 鈥?Shawn Williams stripped the ball from behind 鈥?setting up a field goal by Randy Bullock that closed it out.Flacco finished 32 of 55 for 376 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions , a fumble and four sacks."You better bounce back quick on a Thursday night and we didn't do it quick enough tonight," Flacco said.Some takeaways from Cincinnati's win:SEEING GREEN: Green set a career high with his touchdown catches of 4, 32 and 7 yards. He became the fourth Bengals receiver to catch three TD passes in a half, joining Marvin Jones (2013), Chad Johnson (2003) and Isaac Curtis (1973). Green was upset with himself after fumbling twice in a 34-23 win at Indianapolis on Sunday, and he caught everything thrown his way early on."It just happened to fall that way," Green said. "We were clicking on all cylinders. We were in a groove."DALTON'S DAY: Heading into the game, Dalton had thrown more interceptions (17) than touchdowns (15) against the Ravens, including a four-interception performance at Paul Brown Stadium last year. He finished 24 of 42 for 265 yards with no interceptions and no sacks. It was the fourth time he's thrown four touchdown passes in a game. His career high is five against the Jets in 2013.NOT THE BILLS: The Ravens were coming off their third-most lopsided win in club history, a 47-3 victory over Buffalo on Sunday. Flacco was sharp in two-plus quarters, throwing touchdown passes to three different receivers. But the Bengals gave him a tough time early Brandon Williams Jersey , sacking him on each of Baltimore's first three possessions and forcing a pass that was picked off."It was tough sledding early on, and we weren't very precise," Flacco said.FAST START: The Bengals are 2-0 for only the fifth time in Lewis' 16 seasons. They're the first team to score at least 34 points in each of their first two games since the 2013 Broncos, who reached the Super Bowl, according to ESPN Stats & Info.MISSING MOSLEY: Ravens middle linebacker C.J. Mosley left in the first quarter with a bruised knee. Coach John Harbaugh said an MRI found no ligament damage. The Ravens have two rookies as backup linebackers, Kenny Young and Chris Board."They didn't play perfect," Harbaugh said. "That's going to hurt you for sure, and it did. It hurt mainly in coverage more than anything." Unbeaten after two games for the sixth consecutive year, Denver showed its tenacity in a pair of fourth-quarter comebacks at home.Now it's time to see if the Broncos can win on the road.Quarterback Case Keenum, record-setting rookie running back Phillip Lindsay, standout receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the NFL's second-ranked offense will be tested Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens, who are 60-21 on their own turf since coach John Harbaugh arrived in 2008."They have great crowd noise. It's like playing at a college stadium," Denver coach Vance Joseph said. "It's going to be a tough out for our guys as far as traveling and playing our best game."Keenum orchestrated a late drive for the game-winning field goal last week against Oakland after throwing for 329 yards and three touchdowns in his Denver debut versus Seattle. Lindsay is the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games, and Sanders has 14 catches for 231 yards and a score."They play really well together," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "They have a quarterback at the helm that they believe in. In this game, confidence is 95 percent of it."All that aside, the Ravens (1-1) know the outcome could depend on how well they handle Denver linebacker Von Miller, who's already got four sacks as the focal point of an aggressive defense."He's the straw that stirs the drink Cheap Joe Flacco Jersey , no doubt, one of the very best in the league at what he does," Harbaugh said. "We will have to have him accounted for at all times, on every play. If we don't do that, he'll wreck the game."The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Miller is vastly quicker than he looks."He's a physical freak. That's his major trait," Joseph said. "He's built like an outside linebacker, but he's got defensive back movement."Some things to know about the Denver-Baltimore matchup:FLACCO FACTORRavens quarterback Joe Flacco struggled in the first half of a 34-23 loss to Cincinnati last week, but he finished with 376 yards passing and has a 15-5 touchdown-to-interception differential in his past nine games.His success on Sunday could very well depend on how Baltimore handles Miller, who has three sacks in two career regular-season games against the Ravens 鈥?both of them victories. In a 2013 playoff game, Miller had a half-sack and seven tackles in a 38-35 double-overtime defeat."He's very disruptive, but that's going to be taken care of by the guys up front, our backs, everybody," Flacco said. "It's all hands on deck, and we'll have a plan for it."ROOKIE SENSATIONLindsay had his first 100-yard game rushing last week to go with a 71-yard effort on the ground against Seattle.The 5-8 rookie out of Colorado and 2018 third-round draft pick Royce Freeman (99 yards rushing) have developed into an effective 1-2 punch.Baltimore looked at Lindsay before the draft, and now they've got to stop him."The offensive line has done a good job," Harbaugh said , "but this kid is running and he's making plays with his speed and his fearlessness.

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