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Week 2 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 23, Cincinnati Bengals 34


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Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens offense regressed to its' 2017 form against a formidable defense. Joe Flacco looked uncomfortable dealing with pressure, missed several throws, and could have had as many as 5 turnovers. John Brown was one of the only bright spots on offense for the Ravens. Brown made two impressive contested catches downfield for big plays including a 21 yard touchdown. Michael Crabtree was heavily targeted especially early in the game but produced mixed results. Alex Collins played well but did not see as many touches as he should have. Buck Allen is the back the Ravens seem trust more in passing situations and at the goal line.

Cincinnati Bengals

-Andy Dalton is off to an excellent start and is at least a streamable fantasy option going forward.

-A.J. Green dominated with three first-half touchdowns.

-Tyler Boyd had another strong performance and is emerging as the clear #2 option in the Bengals passing offense.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco, 85 offensive snaps, Pass: 32 - 55 - 376 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0
Joe Flacco played terrible in prime time against the Bengals. Flacco made inaccurate throws all game long and could have had as many as 5 turnovers. Flacco faced frequent pressure and looked uncomfortable throughout the game. Flacco tired to force the ball downfield after the Ravens went three and out on their first possession. Flacco overthrew Michael Crabtree over the middle and the pass was easily intercepted. During the Ravens second possession Flacco was sacked and the drive stalled with a another off target throw towards Crabtree. After managing only 17 yards on their first four possessions Flacco finally put together a scoring drive. Flacco threw a 45 yard bomb to John Brown that could have been intercepted but Brown made a great catch and gave the Ravens their first big play. The drive was capped with a 1 yard Buck Allen run for a touchdown. Joe Flacco opened the second half with a 25 yard completion to Maxx Williams down the seam. The pass set up a Justin Tucker field goal. Flacco had his arm hit by Carlos Dunlap as he threw deep downfield to John Brown and the jump ball was easily intercepted. Trailing by 8 points and running the two minute offense Flacco absorbed an ugly sack along the sideline and fumbled the ball back to the Bengals.

RB Alex Collins, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 35 - 0, Rec: 3 - 55 - 0 (4 targets)
Alex Collins played well and made big plays in the passing game. Collins was not rewarded with more snaps desptie making big plays. Collins played second fiddle to Buck Allen especially later in the game as the Ravens went pass heavy. Collins' first two carries against the Bengals went for gains of 7 and 14 yards. The 14 yard gain came with Lamar Jackson lined up at quarterback and running the read option. Collins picked up 22 yards by breaking two tackles on a check down from Flacco. Collins got a carry from the 1 yard line but was stopped short of the end zone. Collins again broke two tackles and broke into the open field for 24 yards after catching a check down.

RB Javorius Allen, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 8 - 1, Rec: 5 - 36 - 0 (7 targets)
Buck Allen played a large role against the Bengals. Alex Collins is a flashier player with more ability but the Ravens coaching staff seems to trust Allen more than Collins especially after two week 1 fumbles by Collins. Allen saw a carry from the 1 yard line in place of Alex Collins and scored for the second consecutive week. Allen ran a slant route from the slot and picked up 18 yards. Allen made a number of catches as the Ravens tried to mount their comeback and after the game was out of hand.

WR Willie Snead, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 54 - 0 (8 targets)
Willie Snead made his first catch underneath on a screen pass for a 5 yard gain. Willie Snead made a catch underneath and picked up 19 yards with a nice run after the catch. Snead made a catch over the middle for 10 yards.

WR Michael Crabtree, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 56 - 0 (10 targets)
Michael Crabtree was Joe Flacco's favorite target in the first half but produced mixed results and Flacco turned his attention to John Brown. Crabtree saw four early targets from Flacco but only managed one catch for 14 yards because of two off target throws from Flacco. Crabtree ran a slant and got up field after securing the catch for 17 yards. Crabtree made a nice toe tapping 7 yard sideline catch. Crabtree picked up 10 yards running a crossing route. Expect Crabtree to be more involved going forward especially in the red zone.

WR John Brown, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 92 - 1 (10 targets)
John Brown only caught 4 of 10 targets in large part because of Joe Flacco's accuracy downfield. Flacco was well off on a number of throws in Brown's direction. Brown made his first catch running a comeback route for a 9 yard gain. John Brown gained 45 yards running a go route from the slot. Brown did a great job securing an underthrown contested catch. John Brown drew a 30 yard pass interference penalty in the end zone. Brown made a 17 yard catch running an out route. On the same drive Brown made an outstanding contested catch with Dre Kirkpatrick all over him for a 21 yard touchdown. Brown appears to be Flacco's favorite target.

TE Mark Andrews, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 17 - 1 (4 targets)
Mark Andrews saw two early targets from Flacco. The first fell incomplete and Andrews drew a pass interference call in the end zone on the second. Andrews ran an out route and picked up 11 yards. Andrews ran an inside-out double move and caught a 1 yard touchdown. Andrews made a 5 yard catch underneath in garbage time.

TE Nick Boyle, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 26 - 0 (4 targets)
Nick Boyle was twice missed by Joe Flacco running open down the field. Boyle made a nice 17 yard catch running down the seam. Boyle made a 9 yard catch running an out route.


Cincinnati Bengals

QB Andy Dalton, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 42 - 265 - 4 TD / 0 INT
Dalton was excellent against the Ravens. After going three-and-out on the opening drive, he threw touchdown passes on each of the next four drives to stake the Bengals to a 28-7 first-half lead. After the hot start, the Bengals offense went cold for most of the second half, before rallying for a long fourth-quarter scoring drive to put Cincinnati back in command. Daltonís first three touchdown passes all went to A.J. Green. The first was from four yards out on bootleg to the right side. Play-action let Green get a step on the defender and Dalton made an accurate short throw on the move. The second Green touchdown came on a third-and-short slant. Dalton squeezed the ball in between a trio of defenders, Green broke a tackle and sprinted in for a 32-yard score. Dalton next led a 12-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Green on a back-shoulder fade. Dalton then led a 12-play, 78-yard drive that was capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd on a crossing route. After a rough 18-game stretch under offensive-coordinator Ken Zampese, Dalton has bounced back under Bill Lazor. In 16 games with Lazor as coordinator, Dalton has 31 touchdown passes and just 9 interceptions.

RB Joe Mixon, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 84 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (1 targets)
Mixon ran hard and had a couple highlight runs, including a 21-yard scamper that was one of the gameís deciding plays. He started right and found nowhere to run, then reversed all the way back across the field to break loose for the big gain. It allowed the Bengals to milk the clock late and set up a field goal to put Cincinnati up by 8 in the games final minutes. Mixon had a goal line carry from the 1-yard line early, but was dropped for a three-yard loss when he tried to break it outside. Mixon left the game in the first half with a knee injury and was listed as questionable to return, spending much of the second quarter in the locker room. He returned and gutted through a knee injury that was obviously bothering him, as he came up gimpy after a couple runs. After the game, Mixon had surgery to remove a loose body in his knee. The procedure was deemed a success and Mixon is reported to be out for the next 2-4 weeks. The most likely return dates would be either Week 5 against the Dolphins or Week 6 against the Steelers.

RB Giovani Bernard, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 27 - 0, Rec: 4 - 15 - 0 (7 targets)
Bernard received a much larger share of the snaps and touches due to Mixon being out with injury. He was moderately productive as a runner, averaging 4.4 yards per carry but less so as a pass catcher, averaging just 2.2 yards per target. Bernard has also struggled some in pass protection this season. He was run over on one play and beaten badly enough on another play that he had to trip the rusher, drawing a penalty. Bernardís long run came on a pitch sweep to the left. The Bengals will likely continue to try to get Bernard to the outside because he hasnít had much success between the tackles so far. Bernard is going to get as many touches as he can handle the next few weeks with Joe Mixon out and he should be a top fantasy option next week.

WR Tyler Boyd, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 91 - 1 (9 targets)
Boyd is emerging as the #2 target in the Bengals offense and actually led the team in receptions, receiving yards, and targets (tied with A.J. Green at 9). He played 58 snaps (76%), 13 more than John Ross. Boyd starred on a late first-half drive. His first big gain was a 22-yard catch on a back-shoulder fade. Dalton had a free play after getting the Ravens to jump offsides and threw it deep down the right sideline, where Boyd made a great play on the ball. A few plays later, he caught a 3rd-and-long pass over the middle for a 17-yard gain to set the Bengals up 1st-and-goal. He finished the drive off with a 14-yard touchdown catch on a crossing route over the middle. He caught the ball in a soft spot in the zone just in front of a linebacker and then out sprinted him to the end zone. Boyd is playing with a lot of confidence right now and is one of Daltonís favorite targets.

WR A.J. Green, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 69 - 3 (9 targets)
Green started the game a little shakily, almost fumbling for the third time this season as the ball was punched out of his hand. He was saved as the play was ruled an incompletion. His second target came on an end zone fade. The ball popped up into the air, was grabbed by Eric Weddle, and initially ruled an interception, before being overturned by replay. After the two near turnovers, Green took over the game with three first-half touchdowns. He scored from four yards out on a crossing route from the slot, where he got inside leverage and just ran away from the corner trying to single coverage. Greenís second touchdown came from 32 yards out. Dalton hit him just past the stick on 3rd-and-2. Green shrugged off a high tackle attempt and was able to break free to sprint another 30 yards for the score. Green finished a third straight drive with a touchdown, scoring this time from 7 yards out on a back-shoulder fade against single coverage. He was able to box out the defender and made it look easy.

WR John Ross, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -3 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (4 targets)
Ross had a rough game. He had a bad drop on a short slant route, with the ball bouncing right off of his hands. He had another ball bounce off of his hands on a short out route. It would have been a relatively tough catch, but still one he should have made. His lone catch came on an 8-yard catch-and-run that came up short of the sticks on 3rd-and-long late in the game. Ross was on the field for 59% of the snaps but has not been a big part of the Bengals offense yet. He has plenty of time to emerge, as he has played only played 102 snaps in his young career. But the early returns this season arenít promising as he continues to struggle through some inconsistency.

TE C.J. Uzomah, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 45 - 0 (4 targets)
Uzomah had the same number of targets (four) as Tyler Eifert and was the Bengals third-leading receiver in this contest. He had a long gainer on a misdirection play where everything flowed left and he cut back across the grain to come wide open for a 29-yard gain. He also had a nice catch-and-run on a screen pass. Uzomah is a freaky size/speed athlete and has shown excellent run after the catch ability this season. With Eifert on a pitch count, expect Uzomah to remain a fixture of the offense going forward. He played 49% of the snaps against the Ravens.

TE Tyler Eifert, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (4 targets)
Eifert drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to setup the Bengals first touchdown. He likely would have scored if he wasnít grabbed, as he had the safety beat to the outside. Eifert was again effective as a pass catcher and played 49 snaps against Baltimore (64%). The number of snaps is high enough for Eifert to remain fantasy relevant, especially since he is out there for almost every red zone snap and in passing situations.