Instant analysis of Ravens' disappointing loss vs. Bengals

A.J. Green is looking for a big finish vs. the Ravens at home

Ravens host the Denver Broncos. The final game of a 7-9 finish became the start of an overhaul for their offense that finished last in the league.

The Bengals dominated up front on both sides of the ball.

Last night's victory clearly came at a cost for the Bengals, as Marvin Lewis' squad must now deal with a crucial injury to their offensive line. But a determined Cincinnati squad played spoiler and brought the Ravens' 2017 season to a screeching halt in Week 17. But at the same time, so much hype is (understandably) sent towards the likes of Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., and the ungodly Antonio Brown that Green can occasionally get lost in the shuffle.

The big guys up front didn't score the points, but they had a big hand in the Bengals win. After beating up on the hapless Buffalo Bills, who were quarterbacked by Nathan Peterman in Week 1, the Ravens got a bitter dose of reality against Green and the Bengals.

But after a strong training camp from the Ravens' edge rushers - led by Terrell Suggs, Matthew Judon and the emerging Tim Williams - that group was hardly heard from in Cincinnati. Atkins was a force in the interior, racking up two sacks and several quarterback pressures, at times making All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda look silly.

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Without a doubt, the Ravens missed Smith.

Mosley left in the first quarter with a knee injury the Ravens later described as a bone bruise.

What a start it was for the Ravens in week one.

Baltimore: Flacco and the Ravens offense took almost an entire half of football to get into a groove, and by then it was too late.

Any absence from Mosley, who played 98.55 percent of defensive snaps against the Bills, should put a heavier workload on fellow inside linebacker, Patrick Onwuasor. Young again showed his quickness and might have been the Ravens' best defensive player.

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Defensively, the loss of Mosley was the death blow. It didn't seem a good read or wise decision.

They've also been rewarded by positive plays from rookies Jessie Bates, who had his first interception against the Ravens, and Sam Hubbard, who notched his first sack. Working behind a revamped line, he completed 21 of 28 for 243 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 109.7 at Indianapolis, a notable improvement over last season. There's no need to panic.

Ochocinco stated that the Bengals are "winning the AFC Championship", and dared his doubters to save their opinion on the matter if they can not cover him.

The victor of this game with move comfortably into the first-place spot for the division as the Steelers and Browns somehow managed to tie each other in Week 1.

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