– A big problematic sign of things to come or just being caught off guard? The Cincinnati defense let a third string passer walk 75 yards down the field in his first practice to take the lead via a touchdown. It was one of those things that suggested coaches could adapt quickly would decide the game squarely.
– Either way, Joe Burrow’s offense had no problem. The first practice was a placement on the field, the only thing that really stopped him from a questionable play call. The first touchdown was a smooth fourth run by Joe Mixon. The second was a 68-yard bomb to Tyler Boyd while an injured Ravens secondary forgot to cover him. Third, another walk on the pitch was capped by Mixon who passed into the end zone. All before half-time.
– The notoriously well-trained Baltmioire dug a hole slightly with a score to bring the score to 24-14 before recovering the ball after half-time as well.
– Corn The Ravens’ exhausted secondary was not going to change. Moments before halftime, Cincinnati again roamed the field for another score. Burrow had 299 yards and three halftime scores.
– Two of the touchdowns are must-see highlights.
–Trey Hendrickson, perhaps the best free agent recruited by a team last year, broke the team’s sack record.
– The Bengals first got the ball in the second half and sat on the ball for more than 10 minutes before scoring a basket to bring the score to 34-14. A good lesson in knowing how to dominate a game with a lead.
– After a score for the Ravens, the Bengals wasted no time coming back down and scoring again as Burrow set a career high in passing distance.
–Burrow would have been the first 500-yard passer in Bengals history if a Tyler Boyd touchdown had held up during the exam.
– He did it anyway.