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BALTIMORE (AP) -- Playing without middle linebacker Ray Lewis for the first time in 58 games, the Baltimore Ravens turned to their offense in an important AFC North showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith did their part, and with help from a favorable replay call, the Ravens squeezed out a 31-24 victory Sunday.
Flacco threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, Smith had six catches for 165 yards, and Baltimore (7-3) moved into first place in the AFC North with a nerve-racking victory.
Lewis watched from the sideline after being placed on the inactive list with a toe injury. The Ravens' spiritual leader and leading tackler watched his unit turn in a game-saving goal-line stand in the final minute.
Down 31-24, Cincinnati reached the Baltimore 7 before Terrell Suggs collared rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, who was called for intentional grounding. On fourth down, Dalton was sacked by Pernell McPhee.
The Bengals (6-4) needed seven points because on the previous series, an apparent 9-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to Jermaine Gresham was overturned by a replay that determined the receiver didn't hold onto the ball at the end of a juggling catch. The Bengals settled for a field goal with 5:32 remaining.
Baltimore is locked in a first-place tie with Pittsburgh in the AFC North, but the Ravens own the tiebreaker by virtue of their two wins over the Steelers.
Dalton went 24 for 45 for 373 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted three times. Cincinnati was without standout rookie wide receiver A.J. Green, who hurt his right knee a week earlier in a loss to Pittsburgh.
Baltimore took a 24-14 lead on a 2-yard run by Ray Rice late in the third quarter. The score came after Ravens rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith picked off a pass and returned it 16 yards before fumbling. The loose ball was recovered at the Bengals 2 by teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo in a pile that included referee Ron Winter.
Cincinnati's next possession ended with an interception by Lardarius Webb. On the next play, Torrey Smith split the Bengals' two-deep zone and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to make it 31-14 early in the fourth quarter.
The Bengals responded with a five-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 49-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to Andre Caldwell, who slipped behind Jimmy Smith down the right sideline.
But the Ravens held on. Rice finished with 104 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Flacco completed 17 of 27 passes.
The Bengals punted six times in the first half, two short of their season high for an entire game. Cincinnati's offense managed only 143 yards before halftime, 47 of those on one play.
On the Bengals' second possession, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins made a juggling catch for a 47-yard gain to set up a 7-yard touchdown run by Cedric Benson.
The Ravens didn't get past midfield until early in the second quarter, following a 15-yard punt by Kevin Huber. Starting at its 45, Baltimore picked up a first down before Flacco tossed a short pass to Anquan Boldin, who ran the final 20 yards for a 35-yard touchdown.
Late in the half, Torrey Smith was pulled down by his long dreadlocks at the end of a 28-yard gain. Two plays later, Flacco threw an interception.
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The Ravens are on a short week and they need to begin preparing for the San Francisco 49ers who they will play Thursday night.
Some good news comes out of practice today, though.
Inside linebacker Ray Lewis, who missed Sunday's game with a toe injury, was limited in practice Monday, according to reports.
This is positive because Lewis is the heartbeat of the defense. Although...
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will not play due to an injured toe against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, snapping his 57-game consecutive start streak. Reports earlier in the day said Lewis would to try suit up for this important AFC North matchup. Lewis was originally expected to miss up to four weeks due to the injury. He hasn’t missed a game since the 2007 season.Lewis...
Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis has been placed on the inactive list for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a toe injury, ending his streak of 57 consecutive starts.
Lewis hasn't missed a game since 2007. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Dannell Ellerbe.
The Bengals will be without rookie wide receiver A.J. Green, who was inactive after hyperextending...
Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis hasn't abandoned hope of returning from a foot injury in time to play Thursday night against San Francisco.
Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis has been placed on the inactive list for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a toe injury, ending his streak of 57 consecutive starts. Lewis hasn't missed a game since 2007. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Dannell Ellerbe. The Bengals will be without rookie wide receiver A.J.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis has been placed on the inactive list for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a toe injury, ending his streak of 57 consecutive starts.
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis hasn't abandoned hope of returning from a foot injury in time to play Thursday night against San Francisco.
Rice rushes for two touchdowns, Torrey Smith has career receiving day vs. CincinnatiWith Ray Lewis waving a towel and exhorting the crowd from the sideline, two big second-half plays from the defense proved decisive in a game that the Ravens badly needed.
Playing without middle linebacker Ray Lewis for the first time in 58 games, the Baltimore Ravens turned to their offense in an important AFC North showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ray Lewis watched from the sideline as the Ravens defense gave up big chunks of yards.
Joe Flacco threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, and the Baltimore Ravens squeezed by the Cincinnati Bengals 31-24 on Sunday to move into first place in the AFC North.
Both players enjoying performances vs. BengalsA pair of Ravens have earned nominations for weekly honors.