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  • Associated Press Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green runs for a touchdown in the first half Thursday against Baltimore. He had three first-half TDs.

Friday, September 14, 2018 1:00 am

NFL

Dalton, Green lead Bengals

Associated Press

CINCINNATI – Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes in the first half – three to A.J. Green – against a defense that has bedeviled him throughout his career, and the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 34-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

Dalton sliced-and-diced a defense that has more often gotten the upper hand in their AFC North rivalry, leading Cincinnati (2-0) to an early 21-point lead Dalton finished 24 of 42 for 265 yards, throwing four touchdown passes for only the fifth time in his career.

Snider graduate Jessie Bayes III had a 21-yard interception return for Cincinnati.

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