The only franchise to never dip down to 0-3 in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens have succumbed to the pressure and that feat today as they lose the division rival Cincinnati Bengals with a final score of 28-24.
A back and forth battle late into the game, the Ravens seemed to come alive after halftime. Steve Smith Sr. put on a clinic on how to beat zone coverage and shrug off defenders as he converted a 4th-and-5 by having the defender bounce off of him and streaking down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown to cut the Bengals lead down to only 7-points. Senior ended the game with 186 yards on 13 receptions with two touchdowns, despite needing an IV shortly after his first touchdown.
While Steve Smith and the rest of the passing game excelled in the second half, the rest of the team fell to pieces when they were needed most. The Ravens only got 36 yards on the ground with Justin Forsett only getting 13 yards on 10 carries and rookie Javorius Allen getting 12 yards on 3 carries.
The Ravens were a team of big plays today as they allowed Cincinnati to gain large chunks of yards and touchdowns and grabbed a crucial interception early in the game. However, the Ravens also had their big moments, converting on two fourth downs, one of which came on a fake punt that was direct snapped to Anthony Levine. Jimmy Smith got an interception and Elvis Dumervil was able to strip sack Andy Dalton, having C.J. Mosley scoop it up and return it for a touchdown.
Even kicker Justin Tucker was having an off game as he missed wide right on a 50-yard field goal attempt. Sadly for the Ravens and their fans, more bad things happened than good and the Ravens are 0-3 for the first time in the history of the franchise.
Not exactly the way that they wanted to start their 20th season in the NFL.