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 Andy Dalton came to the line on fourth-and-12 from the Baltimore 49-yard line. He knew it could be the final play of the Bengals' losing season 鈥?and maybe of Marvin Lewis' coaching career in Cincinnati Bart Starr Jersey , too. The 70,507 fans at M&T Bank Stadium were on their feet, cheering for one more defensive stop that would put the Ravens back in the playoffs. Instead, Dalton found Tyler Boyd open in the middle of a pack of defenders at the 23-yard line. Boyd caught the ball, slipped through the arms of two defenders and reached the end zone , completing a play that would redirect both franchises. The Ravens were out of the playoffs for the third straight year 鈥?Buffalo got its long-awaited chance instead. And when the Bengals returned to Cincinnati after a second straight losing season, owner Mike Brown decided to give Lewis a two-year extension based in part upon the Bengals' 31-27 win that day. The Ravens (1-0) opened this season with a 47-3 win over the Bills and turned their focus to that one play from last December that lingers in the back of their minds. "If I were to say 'no,' I'd be lying," Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr said. "We've still got that bitter taste in our mouths." The Bengals (1-0) haven't forgotten about it, either. The final game of a 7-9 finish became the start of an overhaul for their offense that finished last in the league. They changed four of their five starters on the line, and they looked better during a 34-23 win at Indianapolis on Sunday. For them, the last-minute touchdown in Baltimore became a starting point. "I think from last season, winning the last two games gave us momentum," receiver A.J. Green said. Some things to watch Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium: TRIO OF TROUBLE The Ravens retooled their receiving group during the offseason to give Joe Flacco a better chance to shine Deion Sanders Jersey , and the results last week were profound. Flacco threw three touchdown passes, one to each of the newcomers: John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead. Overall, Flacco completed 25 of 34 passes for 236 yards with three touchdowns in little more than a half. His passer rating of 121.7 was his highest since 2014. He's fit in smoothly with the new trio of targets. "John is a different type of player, just with his speed and what he does to defenders," Flacco said. "Crabtree has a special way of running routes and getting in position and making big catches. Willie is an easy guy to get on the same page with, from an early point, just because he does everything so much the right way." PURPLE REIGN Baltimore held the Bills to just 33 yards and no first downs in the first half. The Ravens finished with six sacks and two interceptions. Last year in the season opener at Cincinnati, the Ravens picked off Dalton four times, matching his career high, and gave Cincinnati its first opening shutout in club history 20-0. DALTON RENEWED Dalton is coming off one of his worst seasons, tied largely to the offensive line's failures. 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 http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/jason-witten-jersey , a notable improvement over last season. "Andy played unbelievable," said Green, who caught a 38-yard touchdown pass. IN THE MIX After limiting LeSean McCoy to 22 yards on seven carries last week, the Ravens have turned their attention toward Joe Mixon, the Bengals' second-year running back who is front-and-center in their overhauled offense. He ran for 96 yards against the Ravens in the final game last season, and ran for 95 against the Colts in addition to catching five passes for 54 yards. PRIME TIME PLAYERS? The Ravens are 7-2 on Thursday night with five straight wins. Overall, Baltimore is 28-25 in games played on Sunday, Monday or Thursday night. The Bengals are 18-45 in those games. They're 5-14 in prime time games since 2011 鈥?0-5 on Sunday night, 2-5 on Monday night, 3-3 on Thursday night and 0-1 on Saturday night. AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg in Owings Mills, Maryland, contributed to this report. Only time will tell how sweet Terence Newman's 16th season in the NFL turns out to be. The oldest active defensive player in the league is almost certain, though, it will be his last. "You have to figure out something else that you want to do Anthony Walker Jersey , once you get to my age," Newman said on a conference call with Minnesota reporters on Tuesday, the day after re-upping with the Vikings. "I think this will be my last year. No matter what happens, this will be it for me." Newman, who will turn 40 just five days before Minnesota's season opener, has given head coach Mike Zimmer and the Vikings plenty of value for the series of low-risk one-year contracts they have signed him to. He has missed only one game in his first three seasons in purple, providing immeasurable guidance for the younger pupils in the secondary while capably playing as one of the top three cornerbacks on the team. Newman has made 33 starts in three years, evolving into more of a situational player in the slot as Trae Waynes took hold of the outside spot opposite Xavier Rhodes. Still, Newman was counted on in 2017 just as much in the nickel defense as Mackensie Alexander, who was given every opportunity to run with that role, but has not gained the coaching staff's full trust. This will be Newman's 10th season under Zimmer, after stints together with Dallas and Cincinnati when Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for those teams. Don't expect some kind of farewell tour this fall, though, for the NFL's active career interceptions leader with 42. "It's been a heck of a ride. I understand when it's time for me William Perry Jersey , and it's time for me," said Newman, who has played in two Pro Bowls but not a Super Bowl. His career record in the playoffs is just 2-8. "I'm not going to put anything on this or do anything special. I'm just going to go out and do the same things I've always done. That's go out and try to get better and try to help this team get better." Newman's first experience in a conference championship game came Jan. 21, when the Vikings lost 38-7 at Philadelphia. He was set on returning, having come so close to a title, so a new deal was only a matter of working out the particulars between his agent and the team. Newman said a personal matter kept him from signing in time to arrive for the April 16 start of the offseason strength and conditioning program. For now, he's focused on the 2018 season with the Vikings. The next phase of life can wait a few more months. "I've got a lot of options, so that's good. I just will have to get to that point," he said. "Who says I will do anything immediately after football? I may take my time and do some things that I haven't done in the last 15 years. Take my time and make a decision when I'm ready, I guess." Adidas Anze Kopitar Jersey
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