Ravens Open NFL Monday Night Schedule With 44-13 Rout of Bengals

The Baltimore Ravens opened their season with a 44-13 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals as Joe Flacco passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, and Ray Rice rushed for a pair of scores.

Ed Reed added a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown last night in Baltimore as the Ravens, who lost in last season’s American Football Conference championship game, extended their home winning streak to 11 regular-season games.

The Ravens became the record fifth National Football League team to score 40 or more points during in their opening game this season, joining the New York Jets (48), Chicago Bears (41), Atlanta Falcons (40) and Washington Redskins (40).

“It was a lot of fun,” Flacco said at a news conference. “We didn’t get that many drives, really, but we were efficient enough that we put points on the board.”

The San Diego Chargers closed out Week 1 of the NFL season with a 22-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders last night.

Nate Kaeding kicked five field goals for the Chargers and Philip Rivers threw a second-quarter touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd. After the Raiders scored their lone touchdown with 54 seconds left, the Chargers recovered the ensuing onsides kick to seal the victory.

In Baltimore, the Ravens jumped out to a 17-3 lead and then scored the game’s final 27 points after the Bengals had pulled within 17-13 midway through the third quarter.

Baltimore’s defense had four sacks of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and Reed entered the NFL’s record book with his 34- yard interception return for a score in the third quarter. Reed now has 1,497 career yards on interception returns, surpassing Rod Woodson’s previous mark of 1,483 yards.

“We got outplayed and outcoached,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said at a news conference. “We didn’t play well enough to win in any phase.”

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