A.J. Green had one of the best fourth quarters of his career to lead the Bengals (3-0) to Sunday's victory. In addition to the go-ahead 80-yard touchdown reception he had down the seam with 6:37 remaining in the ballgame, he also caught the eventual winning pass when quarterback Andy Dalton checked into a formation just before the two-minute warning.
Tyler Eifert perfectly summed up the feelings most had Sunday afternoon when they heard his second-quarter touchdown reception against the Baltimore Ravens had been overturned. "I don't know if anybody really knows what the right call is," the Cincinnati Bengals tight end said.
NFL division races aren't often settled by the end of September. It appears that as Week 3 comes to a close, the AFC North could all but be a wrap. Given what transpired across the division on Sunday, even head coach Marvin Lewis, quarterback Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals would be hard-pressed to mess this up.
Behind Enemy Lines
The Ravens are now 0-3 for the first time in the franchise's history. A sad mark for a franchise that is pretty regularly in contention for the playoffs and even Super Bowl favorites. The Ravens fall to 0-3 after another terrible defensive performance have them slip. Yet, the loss to the Bengals and the slide into 0-3 for the first time in the franchise's history is not the worst of it.
The Baltimore Ravens fell to 0-3 for the first time in team history because the defense and cornerback Jimmy Smith couldn't contain A.J. Green for a second straight season. As a result, the Ravens lost 28-24 to the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
When the Ravens lost their season opener in Denver, I thought they had lost a winnable game against a fellow playoff contender. When they lost in Oakland to fall to 0-2, I still thought they were a good team, just off to a bad start. Now that they're 0-3 for the first time after losing their home opener, it's officially time to reassess.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss time with a knee injury, but he won't miss as much time as some in Pittsburgh feared. Roethlisberger was diagnosed with an MCL sprain and bone bruise but no damage to his ACL.
Three games, three superlative performances from Julio Jones, three wins. With Sunday's effort, the Atlanta Falcons superstar has staked his claim on not only being the best wide receiver in today's NFL, but also on the NFL's Most Valuable Player.
Each week NFL Nation team reporters award a game ball to a player, coach or unit. Here are the game balls for Week 3. Including a pair of receivers from the Bengals win over Baltimore.