4. Bengals 28, Ravens 24
Watching the Bengals play in 2015, it was sometimes easy to forget how dominant of a player A.J. Green truly is. Tyler Eifert seemed to score a large majority of the team’s touchdowns, Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard seemed to handle the majority of the team’s touches and, frankly, Andy Dalton played at such a tremendous level that it almost seemed as though A.J. was a product of Andy for stretches of the year. But in Week 3, A.J. Green reminded us all that he is truly something special.
The Bengals-Ravens matchup of Week 3 was an absolute must-win for Baltimore, who dropped its first two games of the season and was desperate for a win. (Remember, at this point of the season, the Ravens were still viewed as a good team–in fact, most experts picked Baltimore to win this game.)
Neither team was able to run the ball, but the Ravens, especially, struggled. Justin Forsett somehow only picked up 13 yards rushing on 10 carries, averaging a putrid 1.3 yards per carry. The Bengals, however, weren’t much better, averaging 2.8 yards per carry on the day. So it was up to Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco to air it out and see which team could come out on top.
Steve Smith had a field day against the Bengals secondary, hauling in 13 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Against most teams, Smith’s performance alone would’ve likely been enough for the Ravens to come out with the victory.
But A.J. Green wasn’t having any of it.
Overcoming a bad pick in the Ravens’ end zone, Andy Dalton connected with A.J. Green on a season-long 80-yard touchdown pass, his first of two on the day. Green finished with 227 yards on 10 catches, along with the two aforementioned scores. He absolutely obliterated the Ravens’ secondary.
The Bengals’ Week 3 win in Baltimore essentially put the nail in the coffin of the Ravens’ season, as the Bengals pulled out to a three-game lead over their division rivals in the first three weeks.
What made this game special:
Plain and simple, A.J. Green’s dominance alone made this game one of the best games of 2015. In addition, Marvin Jones put on a show, catching five passes for 94 yards and a score. Not only did this game prove that the Bengals are a dominant team, it also revealed that the Ravens might not be as good as everyone thought.
For more on the Bengals’ Week 3 win, make sure to check out the game recap.
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