On the Ravens’ opening drive, a couple of quick first down tosses by Joe Flacco got his offense to around midfield. That was when the QB found Torrey Smith deep for another completion, who then took it on in for the touchdown. This gave the lead to Baltimore, 7-3.
The Bengals were unable to return the favor on their next drive as a Josh Bynes sack forced Cincinnati to send out Kevin Huber to punt the ball away.
After the Ravens took over, they let their running game do the work on this possession. Running back Ray Rice found daylight and broke free for a 20-yard touchdown run, giving his team a 14-3 advantage over Cincinnati.
Andy Dalton again found his offense in a tight spot as the Bengals were staring at 4th down and 3, around midfield.
They would elect to run another play, but unfortunately the stingy Baltimore defense picked off an Andy Dalton pass. The Ravens would bring their offense back out on the field with an opportunity to build on their 11-point lead.