Bengals 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Ravens 44

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

7:00 PM ET, September 10, 2012

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 0 10 3 013
BAL 10 7 17 1044

Top Performers

Passing: J. Flacco (BAL) - 299 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: B. Green-Ellis (CIN) - 18 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Hawkins (CIN) - 8 REC, 86 YDS

Joe Flacco, Ray Rice lead Ravens in season-opening rout of Bengals

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens' new no-huddle offense gave the Cincinnati Bengals no chance to win.

Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Ed Reed took an interception 34 yards for a score, and the Ravens rolled to a 44-13 victory Monday night to extend their home winning streak to 11 games.

Flacco and the offense worked this summer on running plays without a huddle, and when it came time to put the new scheme into action, the results were almost flawless. The Ravens amassed 430 yards, didn't commit a turnover and punted only twice.

"That tempo really helped us out because those guys can really get to the passer and really create a lot of pressure," Flacco said. "I think the fact that we were able to go up-tempo and kind of keep those guys on the field took its toll on them."

After letting an early 14-point lead dwindle to 17-13, the Ravens pulled away by scoring 24 straight points in just over six minutes. Ray Rice ran for 68 yards and two short scores, but instead of dominating the Baltimore attack in his usual fashion, the running back took a back seat to Flacco.

"Obviously, everything went pretty well for us tonight," Flacco said.

Not so for the Bengals, who made the playoffs last year without beating a team that qualified for postseason play. In this one, Cincinnati once again came up short against a high-caliber opponent.

"That certainly wasn't what we expected to have out there today," coach Marvin Lewis said. "We got outplayed and we got outcoached."

Although the 44 points were only 11 fewer than the Ravens mustered in two games against Cincinnati last year, Lewis insisted Baltimore's no-huddle attack wasn't the difference.

"I wish I could say it was the no-huddle," he said. "I think it's an effective thing for them, and it's something they'll continue to do, but I don't think it really bothered us."

The loss sure did.

"They just outplayed us," defensive tackle Domata Peko said. "They just beat us today, and we've got to get better."

Flacco watched the final eight minutes of the blowout on the sideline after going 21-for-29 in Baltimore's ninth consecutive victory in the AFC North. The Ravens were the only team in the division to win an opener.

And while the offense certainly was impressive, Baltimore's defense also excelled in its first game under coordinator Dean Pees. Playing without injured NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs -- who had 14 sacks last year -- the Ravens dropped Andy Dalton four times.

Not only that, but Baltimore turned two turnovers into touchdowns over a two-minute span. After Reed's touchdown return, 37-year-old linebacker Ray Lewis forced a fumble that was recovered by Lardarius Webb, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Rice to make it 41-13 with 13:41 remaining.

Lewis and the Baltimore defense are used to carrying this team, but now the offense seems ready to do its part.

"Joe kind of got us into a rhythm and always kept their defense off balance," Lewis said. "We've practiced against this offense all offseason, so to see it now, when everything's real, I think you have to take your hats off to how hard we worked as a team."

Reed's jaunt with a pass tipped by Cincinnati receiver Brandon Tate put the diminutive safety in the NFL record book. Reed has 1,497 yards in interception returns, eclipsing the previous record of 1,483 yards by Rod Woodson. It was Reed's seventh career score on a pickoff return.

Dalton went 22-for-37 for 221 yards, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 91 yards and a score in his Cincinnati debut.

Dalton went 4-for-5 for 56 yards in the opening drive of the second half, and although the drive stalled at the Baltimore 1, Mike Nugent kicked a 19-yard field goal to get the Bengals to 17-13.

Flacco brought the Ravens right back, throwing a bit of Rice into the mix with excellent results. Rice caught a screen pass for 18 yards and ran for 13 more during an 89-yard drive in which Flacco went 5-for-7 for 73 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dennis Pitta.

After a 40-yard field goal by Ravens rookie Justin Tucker made it 27-13 with 1:13 left in the quarter, Reed struck exactly one minute later.

Flacco went 12-for-15 for 183 yards in the first half to stake Baltimore to a 17-10 lead.

Flacco set the tone for the shootout on the game's first offensive play, throwing deep to Torrey Smith for a 52-yard gain. That set up a 46-yard field goal by Tucker, who won the job in training camp from Billy Cundiff.

Baltimore quickly forced a punt, and Flacco went back to work. He completed a 16-yarder to Jacoby Jones on a third-and-15, tossed a 1-yard pass to Rice on a fourth-and-1 and watched from the backfield as Rice completed the 12-play, 63-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run behind a fine block by fullback Vonta Leach.

"It was really fun for me. I barely got hit tonight," Rice said.

After Dalton got Cincinnati to 10-3 with a 76-yard march that ended with a field goal, Flacco capped an 82-yard drive by splitting two defenders with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin.

The Ravens finally punted with six minutes left in the first half, and Dalton used the rest of the time to move the Bengals to their lone touchdown. The Bengals twice converted fourth downs on the 81-yard march, the last one a 6-yard run into the end zone by Green-Ellis on a fourth-and-1.

Game notes

Ravens owner Art Modell was honored with a tribute and a moment of silence before the game. ... Reed hurt his hamstring on the runback but says he's OK. ... Bengals safety George Iloka hurt his ankle in the first half.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2026
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6958
Total Yards322430
Yards per play4.77.4
Total Drives1210
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

balFG12:59Justin Tucker 46 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 51 yds, 2:07
balTD6:08Ray Rice 7 Yard Run (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 63 yds, 5:45
cinFG14:56Mike Nugent 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 76 yds, 6:11
balTD12:34Anquan Boldin 34 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 82 yds, 2:27
cinTD0:27Benjarvus Green-Ellis 6 Yard Run (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 81 yds, 5:34
cinFG9:47Mike Nugent 19 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 79 yds, 6:01
balTD5:25Dennis Pitta 10 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 89 yds, 3:41
balFG1:18Justin Tucker 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 53 yds, 3:09
balTD0:22Ed Reed 34 Yard Interception Return (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 1 yds, 1:00
balTD14:09Ray Rice 1 Yard Run (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 28 yds, 0:44
balFG3:06Justin Tucker 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 61 yds, 5:20

Research Notes

Joe Flacco recorded a 95.1 Total QBR on Monday night, the second-highest rating of his career (97.1 - 2008 Week 17). Andy Dalton recorded a 15.9 Total QBR, the second-lowest rating of his career (12.4 - 2011 Week 3).
NEXT LEVEL: All but one of Ray Rice's 10 rushes Monday came in between the tackles, where he totaled 61 yards and two touchdowns. Rice continued his success from last year against the Bengals. Rice averaged 6.8 yards per rush between the tackles against Cincinnati in 2011, his second highest against any team.
NEXT LEVEL: The Ravens sent five or more pass rushers on 16 of Andy Dalton's 41 dropbacks. Against the additional pressure he completed 40 percent of his passes and threw his only interception. Against the Ravens last year, Dalton averaged 10.5 yards per attempt against such pressure, the highest against any opponent.
NEXT LEVEL: Joe Flacco had most of his success Monday against the Bengals on deep passes. On throws traveling 15 or more yards downfield, Flacco was 7-10 for 194 yards and a touchdown. Last year he completed 33.9 percent of passes of that distance, fifth lowest among qualified quarterbacks. NEXT LEVEL: Joe Flacco also used play-action passing effectively Monday, completing 9-13 for 159 yards. His 12.2 yards per attempt was higher than he posted in all but one game last year.
The Ravens won their home opener for the 7th straight season, the 3rd-longest active streak in the NFL. The Patriots and Steelers play their 1st home game in Week 2, while the Redskins' home opener is Week 3 ... against the Bengals.
Ravens: 44 points is tied for the 3rd-most in franchise history (scored 48 twice - 2005 vs Packers and 2009 vs Lions)
The Baltimore Ravens have scored 41 points tonight. That's the most the Ravens have scored in Week 1 since moving to Baltimore in the 1996 season. The previous high was 38 points scored in a 2009 Week 1 victory over Kansas City.
From Elias: The Ravens are the fifth team to score at least 40 points this weekend. This is the first time in NFL history that five-or-more teams have scored at least 40 points in their season opener.
With his 34-yard interception return for a TD, Ed Reed passed Rod Woodson for most interception return yards in NFL history.

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