The Ravens had the lead for a measly 2 plays, and a total of 48 seconds against the Bengals, also quarterback Joe Flacco did not look comfortable in Gary Kubiak’s offense. Their 23-16 home defeat to the Bengals marked the first time under John Harbaugh they’ve been beaten at M&T Bank Stadium to open the season. 1st time since 2005.
The Ravens certainly had the air taken out their sails with the Bengals fast start (flashback to 2013) , but despite only giving up four FG’s the “Purple and Black” could not gain an edge over the Bengals, and did not score until the third quarter. Flacco was sacked a total of 3 times for a loss of 16 yards. With 8 seconds to go in the first half, Flacco committed a boneheaded play to take a sack instead of throwing the ball away. Preventing Justin Tucker from a FG opportunity to end the first half. That would prove decisive for the Ravens, and their momentum as they put up goose egg on the scoreboard at halftime, trailing 15-0.READ MORE: Firefighters Battle Two-Alarm Fire Amid Thunderstorm In Baltimore's Riverside Neighborhood
“At the end of the first half, that was probably the stupidest play I’ve ever made in football. I kind of just got caught up in the play and forgot about the situation. There’s no excuse for it, can’t happen,” Flacco said.