Monday's NFL Capsules
Originally published September 11, 2012 at midnight, updated September 11, 2012 at 3:30 a.m.
Ravens 44, Bengals 13
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Ed Reed took an interception 34 yards for a score, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals 44-13 on Monday night for their 11th straight win at home.
Baltimore’s high-powered, no-huddle offense also produced two short touchdown runs by Ray Rice. After letting an early 14-point lead dwindle to 17-13, the Ravens pulled away by scoring 24 straight points in just over six minutes.
Flacco watched the final eight minutes of the blowout on the sideline after going 21 for 29 in Baltimore’s ninth consecutive victory in the AFC North. The Ravens were the only team in the division to win the opener.
And while the offense certainly was impressive, Baltimore’s defense also excelled in its first game under coordinator Dean Pees. Playing without injured NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, who had 14 sacks last year, the Ravens dropped Andy Dalton four times.
Chargers 22, Raiders 14
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd, Nate Kaeding kicked five field goals and the San Diego Chargers spoiled Dennis Allen’s debut as Oakland coach by beating the Raiders 22-14 on Monday night.
The Raiders were looking to start a new era on a positive note but were done in by an offense that couldn’t score a touchdown until the final minute and three botched punts after an injury to Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo.
The Chargers did enough to win on a night they started undrafted rookie Mike Harris at left tackle and were missing starting running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Vincent Brown to injuries.