Flacco, Rookies, Shine in Victory over Bengals The Ravens came to Cincinnati this week looking to show they are legit contenders in the AFC North. After a disappointing offensive performance to open the season against the 49ers, the Ravens faced last season’s AFC North champs. The Ravens jumped out to an early 14 point lead after Joe Flacco hit rookie TE Munchie Cosh on a 12 Yd pass and then got a 48 yard interception by Dominique Foxworth that was taken to the house. The Bengals quickly got back in the game with a 52 yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to M Mitchell and then a 62 yard run by Cedric Benson to end the 1st quarter. The Bengals would take the lead early in the 2nd when kicker L.Tiffin hit a long 51 yard with room to spare. Flacco and the Ravens answered back with a 17 yard touchdown pass to newly acquired Vincent Jackson. The Bengals capped off a long drive to end the half with Palmer hitting Chad Johnson (not calling him the other name) on a 7 yard touchdown with only 10 seconds left in the half. In the 3rd quarter, the Bengals added another field goal by Tiffin and another touchdown pass to Johnson (still not calling him the other name). The big play for the Ravens came on a perfectly thrown over the shoulder pass from Flacco to TE Dennis Pita for 52 yards. The two teams traded long TD runs to open the 4th with a 57 yard run by Brandon Jackson and a 51 yard run by Cedric Benson. Down seven with a little over 4 minutes left in the game, the Ravens went on a drive that ended with a game tying touchdown pass from Flacco to Cosh again. After the touchdown, you could hear the “Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunch” chant from the crown full of “Munchkins” (as they are called). The two teams traded 3 and outs on their next 3 drives and the Ravens had the ball with a little over a minute to go. Flacco led a drive to the 24 yard line and called a timeout with 5 seconds to go. The Bengals tried to ice the rookie kicker, but the “weapon” was still able to kick the 41 yard FG to secure the win for the Ravens. Coach Link greeted Coach Dunn at mid field to respectfully congratulate him on a great game. When asked about the Bengals after the game, Coach Link responded that he hopes to be good enough this season to battle them all year for the division title.