Bengals vs Ravens Highlights and Postgame Interviews

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SEPT. 13, 2018 | BALTIMORE AT CINCINNATI

MARVIN LEWIS

Head coach

Initial Comments ...

We obviously got off to a fast start. The main thing today is that we took care of the football and didnt have a turnover in the game. We forced the early one on defense and got another one later on. It helped us seal the game. We had some other balls go through our hands, but were learning and growing. Weve got a long way to go. Its early in the season, but we came out here tonight and played pretty solid in all three phases.

This team two weeks in a row has made the big play when it needed to. Is there something to be said about that, like maybe this team has a killer instinct?

Since we got started in April, as we could start meeting and talking about where we are and where we want to go, thats one of the improvements we needed to make. We still have one we need to make, one we havent done a good job of in the first two games, which is making sure we close out football games. When you get the lead, you want to be able to handle it and close it out. I thought the offense today, with the drive to put points on the board to go back up by eight (in the fourth quarter) was key. Our quarterback is playing his tail off and the guys today took care of him. We caught the ball today. I think we only had one drop, if I can recall, and that was big. That was key. Andy (Dalton) directed the offense, we went in and out of different tempo styles and tried to keep them back on their heels. We did a good job throughout.

That first half by Andy is that as good as hes played?

I cant tell you. He continues to play very well, and weve put some guys around him who are growing up. Weve all watched Tyler Boyd grow up before our eyes. Its been outstanding. (C.J.) Uzomah, (Tyler) Kroft, and (Tyler) Eifert made big plays tonight. The backs did a nice job running the football. We were grinding it out and making those five yards plays, which gave us manageable down-and-distances.

WR A.J. Green said earlier in the week that winning against the Ravens at the end of last season helped springboard the team into this season. What are your thoughts on your guys momentum?

It was positive because we were a little depleted at the end of the season. We had three games in a row where we lost. The guys showed their character, resilience and the pros that they are. We found a way to win those last two games, with leadership from Andy, A.J. (Green), Clint Boling and those guys out there, along with our defensive guys. They are prideful guys, and you have to say they went out there and played their tails off. Its helped bring us forward. Weve got that group of guys who, until the last two seasons, thought the playoffs were automatic. They liked that (laughs), so they want to get back there.

How do feel about how SS Shaun Williams responded after last Sunday and how he handled his business?

I expected him to do that. I didnt expect anything different.

What did you like the most about the way DE Sam Hubbard played?

I have no idea of that (laughs). Hes an interior lineman. I saw him make a play or two. Sam has done a nice job for us, giving us positive snaps. As Ive said every time someone brings up his name, hes quite an asset.

Its been awhile since youve started 2-0 ...

2015.

Thats a long time in the NFL. How does that set you guys up moving forward this season?

Go ahead and answer your own question, since you want to be negative about it.

The offensive line did not allow a sack ...

Again, they did a nice job with their rhythm. We just have to keep it up and keep grinding.

ANDY DALTON

Quarterback

Your history of performance in primetime games ...

We came out hot and thats exactly how we wanted to start the game. A big win for us to put us at 2-0 to start the year. Weve got a leg up in the division, which is good, so it was exactly what we wanted to do. To finish it off ... a great win for us.

Guys mentioned they feel the offense cant be stopped. Is that how you feel as well?

Yeah, for sure. I feel like weve got so much potential and weve got so many guys who are really good players. And, the way (offensive coordinator) Bill (Lazor) is calling it and what were doing has been great. ... We feel like theres a lot of potential for us and we have to go out and prove it every day.

Every time they blitzed, you had an answer for it. Did you have plan for that?

I thought, from a communication standpoint and guys being on the same page with what they were doing, its big versus that defense, where their front is really good and all the blitzes they throw at you. Youve got to be prepared for it. On a short week, I thought we did a great job. To come out of a game like that not one sack versus that defense is a big thing and I thought our guys played really well up front.

After A.J. Greens third touchdown, he only had two catches after that. Did Baltimore play him differently?

Yeah, I think thats part of it. I think everybodys going to know where he is. We were able to, obviously, get him open on a couple (of throws) early on, and to get three touchdowns in the first half was huge.

The middle touchdown there, with Green adlibbing, how much pressure did that take off the offense?

Anytime you can throw a quick pass and for him to catch a slant and make guys miss and score with it, its big. If you can run after you catch it, its huge. It changes things. He played really well tonight.

When they tilted the cover stage, Tyler Boyd had his opportunities too?

We can spread the ball around and get a lot of guys involved. I think thats where this offense is fortunate. Weve got a lot of guys that are really good. Its not just A.J. (Green). Obviously, A.J. had the three touchdowns, but Tyler (Boyd)s played really well.

That front was tough to run against, but the Bengals were efficient in the running game ...

I thought so. I think its a credit to (offensive coordinator) Bill (Lazor) and what hes doing, and (offensive line coach) Frank (Pollack) and how hes coaching those guys up front. The backs ... Joe Mixons so good youre saying A.J. (Green)s adlibbing a little and Joes cutting back and cutting across the field and doing his thing, finding yards that arent usually there. Weve seen Gio (Bernard) do it as well, getting in sync with what were doing. I thought we did a good job, and Im sure theres areas where wed like to get better, but for the most part, we feel really good about what we did.

Its hard to score 34 points on any team. Is there any satisfaction when you do it against a defense that is as good as Baltimores?

Yeah. Theyre a really good defense, and I think they finished at the top of the league for a long time. So to be able to that against them, it shows were doing some things right. I feel like we left some stuff out there too, but I feel really good about how we played tonight.

They looked stunned when you went up 21-0. Did you feel that a little bit?

We had a ton of momentum, and everything we were doing seemed to be working, especially how quickly it happened. That changes things. Im glad thats how we started.

Red-zone opportunities were an area the team struggled with last year. But this year, youve been doing really well. What has been the key to that?

Its a new year and new offense. Everythings different. I feel like weve made plays when were down there, and thats what weve got to have.

Trey Hopkins has never played center in a regular-season game. Howd he do?

He did great. For him to fill in like that, he played really well. I thought the communication up front (was good), for him to be making all the calls on everything we did. Weve got a smart group up there. For him to plug in (like that), I feel like we didnt skip a beat when he came in.

The extra games come at a good time with all the guys cramping up and with ankle injuries ...

I think so. I think everybodys pretty happy we won, because we were going to have to come in tomorrow and were not going to have to (practice), which is good. I think everybodys happy about it.

How did that Super Bowl team reunion affect you?

We knew they were going to be coming back. Obviously to play in Super Bowls is something that you dream about doing. Its something you work so hard for. Thats the goal to win the Super Bowl and come back and be honored for it.

SAM HUBBARD

Defensive end

Youre showing some versatility you got yourself some sacks, youre playing some fullback, youre playing some safety. Youre back there in the end-zone defending at the end of the game. Obviously youve worked on that?

Yeah, thats an end-of-game situation. We put a lot of emphasis on those special situations, so when they occur in the game were ready for them. That was just one of those situations we (practice) every week before the game defending the goal line. And it paid off.

Thats two weeks in a row the defense makes a big play forcing a fumble and recovering that fumble. Shawn Williams forced it with the tomahawk chop and Dre Kirkpatrick recovered it. Big, big play ...

Yeah its just a testament to Coach (Teryl) Austin and the defensive coaching staff. We do takeaway circuits (at practice), and one of them actually is the takeaway chop that Shawn Williams executed on that play. The emphasis is on takeaways, and we got three of them. I feel like thats why we won the game. Were going to continue to put emphasis on trying to get the ball out.

You guys pressured Flacco, not only with quarterback sacks, but Carlos Dunlap had a pressure that resulted in an interception thats even bigger than a sack. You guys consistently were in Flaccos face ...

Yeah, we were coming waves all night. Mike (Johnson) went down early, and we stepped up and rallied together, and whoever was fresh was going out there trying to make a play. We just kept coming and just trying to wear him down. Theyre a great team. Flacco was getting the ball out fast, but we just tried to affect him any way we could. We did a good job, weve just got to build on it.

For the second week in a row, they threw it over 50 times. They fell behind by a big margin early, so they kind of had to jump past the running game and throw the football every snap. Guys were cramping on the back end. How tough was it out there with that humidity?

It was tough. And just to go into that, we put an emphasis to try and stop the run, and thats where we want to get them we want to get them into one dimension so they have to throw the football. We were doing a good job stopping the run. We were missing some linebackers, we were missing some guys, but everyone stepped up. It was hot out there. We were sweating a lot. We made plays when we needed to, and we got the win.

Is the bye week coming at the right time? There are a few guys with injuries that need to heal a little bit ...

Yeah, weve got a lot of banged-up guys, and these 10 days (will help). I was talking to Billy (Price), and 10 days is all he needs. Were just excited to get these guys back that are a little banged up.

How much easier is it to play defense when your offense comes out and puts points up?

Oh, its so much easier. Especially when youre at home. The crowd was so great today. Youve got that momentum, youve got that confidence, and youre floating around out there. Its a good feeling.

BOBBY HART

Offensive tackle

It didnt go like youd hoped against Indianapolis, but you stepped up against Terrell Suggs and did a hell of a job. Howd it feel out there playing in that humidity?

It felt good. It kind of felt like home Florida a little bit. It was good to get a win out there with my guys, and work a little bit more with (Alex) Redmond, and just keep building going forward. Weve got a long season, but weve got to get better every week to reach our ultimate goal.

Repetition breeds comfort level, and you guys have to have snaps right next to each other to have that unspoken word and know what the other guy is going to do, right?

Yeah, definitely. As we hone in and get more games together, more snaps, like you said well know what each other is thinking and we can play off each other. And then we know how to improve going forward. We still have things we need to work on, me and him, but were going to watch the film together and get ready for Carolina.

They started bringing the blitz, but Andy Dalton sliced and diced them. They got off the blitz when you guys started burning them ...

Yeah, definitely. That was the game plan. We knew they bring a lot of funky looks and try to confuse you with stuff. I cant say enough about our coaches and they way they prepared us on a short week for all the blitzes Frank (Pollack) and Coach (Bill) Lazor the way we got prepared in that short week, it says a lot about them and their dedication to their craft going forward.

With a team that brings all these funky packages, the simpler the rules the better, right?

Yeah, definitely. We stuck to the things we knew well, and we were comfortable with that we wanted to do. The results were there just running our bread-and-butter plays, running the things where you dont have to worry about different looks and stuff. Just getting it and going. Im proud of the guys, and Im excited moving forward.

The Ravens had six sacks against the Bills, and I dont think they had one tonight. What does that say?

It just says a lot about us as a unit, our coach and our preparation, and how far we can go and the ceiling we have going forward. With everybody doing the things theyre coached to do, believing in each other and preparing the way we prepare, the skys the limit for us.

Marvin Lewis said the thing he was impressed with the most was the way you guys ran the football. He thought you guys creased it up in there pretty darn effectively ...

Definitely. It comes down to the (offensive line). Weve got a great coach that prepares us, with just working together and getting everything together. Its just awesome. Going forward, Im just looking forward to everything and getting better each week.

DRE KIRKPATRICK

Cornerback

You guys are 2-0. Youre feeling pretty confident now, arent you?

Yeah, I feel confident. I gave up one tonight. I felt like I was in great position. Theres some things Ive got to go back and correct. Theres some things I felt like I could do better. But its a great team win. We played as a team. Im very proud of where were at, because last year we had such a slow start. To start the season 2-0, its a blessing and it feels really good.

How important was this as a team win to fight together strong at the end?

Coach preached about being a fourth-quarter team all year, and being able to win the battles when they count. Today, we did a great job of rallying to the ball, finishing plays and making the corrections on the sidelines, and we got the win today. I tip my hat to the offense. Those guys played their heart out. Those guys gave us opportunity to get rest on the sideline. Everythings new around here now, and its a great feeling.

Does it feel good when you see those guys go out and score on four drives like that?

"Its crazy, man. Going out there and seeing A.J. (Green) just ignite, because I know he wants it so bad, and I know he wants to be that No. 1 guy in the league. Its just such an honor to have him as a teammate. Hes a workhorse, and hes playing out of his mind right now. Im loving the chemistry we have right now, and its definitely a good vibe.

Do you feel like theres something special brewing with this team? I know its only two games, but does it feel special?

Yep were 2-0! (Heck) yeah, were special. 2-0. Thats all that matters to me. Its a team effort. No individual is putting themselves before the team. Im loving it, man. Im loving it.

What is it about this team, which is so young, that youve been able to figure it out and gel so well this early in the season?

Were young, but weve still got veteran guys. Im 28, and Im the oldest in the room, but Im a veteran. Ive been here seven years. And the young guys are believing. Ive got to admit, I used to be inconsistent, being a little selfish. But youve got to grow up youve got young guys that are watching. Theyre looking, and I dont want to give off the wrong message if I talk back to a coach, or if I do something else. We dont need that around here no more. Its not around here no more. Its a great feeling.

JOE MIXON

Running back

You kept coming back from that injury. How important was it for you to finish the game and show off that toughness level?

It was really important. Coach called my number and the team needed me, and they needed us to make plays, and we were fortunate enough to make them. We settled in in the fourth quarter, and the last two drives we went out there and were fortunate enough to finish them off.

Did you have to talk them in to letting you go back in, or did they just check you out and you were good?

I had to talk myself into going back in. You know, mental toughness. It was hard, real hard. I was able go back in and give it my all. If I go out there, even if Im not 100 percent, Im going to try and do whatever I can.

The first time you were examined and you were okay. The second time, what happened? Did you feel it?

It felt weird. My knee was hurting. Other than that, its just the mental side of it. You always want to play at 100 percent (health), but when something is bothering you its hard mentally. I just had to check back in mentally and physically tough it out. And thats pretty much what I did.

Did you tell them to put you back in?

Yeah. I was like, Im going to back in. And they were like, Alright. You dont need to if you cant. I was like, Im going to go back in, coach. And we made it happen.

What do you think the injury is?

I dont know. Its just some weird tweak. I dont know.

Does it hurt still?

A little bit.

Are you worried about it?

Not really. I finished the game.

On the play you started right and came back to the left with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green blocking, did you think you could make it into the end zone?

Oh yeah, definitely. I saw Andy and A.J. out there, and I was just trying to set up their block. I couldnt finish going outside, so I just had to put my foot in the ground and try to outrun (Eric) Weddle. He had a great angle and he made a good tackle.

If it had been a little different and you guys had a bigger lead, do you think you wouldve gone back in?

I think I probably would have played it safe. At the end of the day, it was crunch time and I had to deliver. And thats what we ended up doing.

CLINT BOLING

Guard

Is it frustrating after scoring on four straight drives to start to struggle after that?

Thats the reality of the NFL; sometimes you are hot, sometimes you are cold. There are ups and downs throughout the game. As long as you can keep battling back. Fortunately, we were able to do that and put points up on that drive late.

Did they call off the blitz after the first half?

They made some adjustments. They played some different looks and tried to change some things up. What we were doing in the first half was obviously working, so they made some good adjustments.

Did the offensive line realize that Joe Mixon was playing through injuries?

Its one of those things that whoever is back there, you have to block the same way. You have to make plays for whoever is out there, whether its Joe (Mixon), Gio (Bernard) or Tra (Carson). You have to make the best out of the situation for whoever is there.

TYLER BOYD

Wide Receiver

What happened on your touchdown reception?

I just made a play. I came screaming across the middle and Andy threw a perfect ball to me. All I had to do is make a guy miss.

Does starting the season 2-0, with a win over a divisional rival, set you up for a successful season?

Definitely. This has been the best start since Ive been here. Im loving it, and I am sure everyone else is loving it. As long as everybody every player, every coach, everybody in this organization does their part and does what they are supposed to do, the sky is the limit for us. I already believe our offense cant be stopped. As long as we control the ball and do what we have to do, the sky is the limit.

What happened after you scored on four straight possessions?

They were still doing the same stuff its football. We were still driving, but we kept messing up on third downs. Nobody put their head down, and we knew we had to put a drive together once they scored. Everything was on us. At that moment, everyone had everybodys back and we went out there and did what we needed to do.

TYLER EIFERT

Tight end

On the win ...

It looked like we could do no wrong in the first quarter, and then everyone just settled in. We went three-and-out and didnt put up a lot of points in the second half, but the defense came up strong. It was just a good team win. To be able to finish there in the end was big.

How much momentum does being 2-0 give this team?

Theres a long way to go. This is the best we could do right now. Its a cliché to say this, but if we could just win the next week, and then win the next week, we will be alright. We are going to enjoy this one for the night, and then get on to the next one.

A.J. GREEN

Wide receiver

Have you ever caught three passes, all for touchdowns?

No this is the first time. It was the first three-touchdown game of my career it just happened to fall that way.

Did it feel like the offense couldnt be stopped after scoring on four straight drives?

We were clicking on all cylinders nothing special, we were just in a groove.

This team hasnt started 2-0 since 2015. Do you feel the confidence in this team brewing?

It feels good. We always have confidence. We never lacked any confidence in this room. We have to keep pushing along and keep getting better each week. Its just another game. We are 2-0, and on to the next week.

What a difference a year makes. You guys started 0-2 last year, and the offense was held without a TD in both ...

Those two games (last year) defined us as a team. We could have laid down and not played our best, but we were playing for each other, playing for Coach Lewis. That momentum carried into the offseason, and the offseason carried on to the (regular) season.

You had three touchdowns on your first three catches. It looked like you were headed for a huge game?

That defense over there and every defense is trying to take me away. I dont want them to force anything to me. I will make plays when my number is called.

Tyler Boyd seemed to do a good job of capitalizing on his opportunity ...

Of course. No doubt about it. I have seen him grow since his first year to now, and going into his third year, its night and day.

JESSIE BATES

Safety

Where is the interception ball going?

I am sure my mom will have an opinion on that, but we will see (laughs).

Are all the young guys feeding off each other, or is that a perception by the media?

I think its kind of perceived by you guys (the media). The expectations for the younger guys are the same exact thing as for the older guys. The young guys are making plays, but dont think the older guys arent making plays.

Is there a relief in getting the first interception?

They come in bunches. I had another one that I missed, but its all good. I will have more opportunities for that throughout the season. That first one is always a relief. There is a lot of weight off my shoulders now.

Do you feel like the team earned a little respect tonight?

Yeah. They preach about Baltimore being so physical. I think our guys brought it to them tonight. I feel really good about what this team is capable of. We are able to have a little time off now and start preparing for Carolina.


RAVENS POSTGAME QUOTES

SEPT. 13, 2018

BALTIMORE AT CINCINNATI

JOHN HARBAUGH

Head coach

Initial comments ...

OK. Good to see everybody. Appreciate the crowd. What do you have?

The lack of sacks and pressure on the quarterback and penalties on third down was obviously not what you expected ...

Well, I think those are things that led to the slow start. Certainly spotting them a three touchdown lead basically 28 points and those are the reasons. Its a little tough to get (Andy) Dalton on the ground playing the offense that they play because he gets the ball out so quick. Thats what they do. Its quick throws, guys running inside routes hes deadly with that kind of stuff. Thats what he does. Youd like to get some batted balls, which we did. Hes not a guy that gets sacked a lot because of the offense that they run, although we want to get sacks and get there. The penalties, really, they shouldnt happen. Were better than that. Weve got to go to work and look at that. You cant give any offense in this league, let alone the kind I referenced, opportunities to get back on the field. Ive got to see the holding call there at the end in the fourth quarter on Tavon (Young). I dont know, I didnt see it. Ive just got to look at those things and see what they look like.

How much of an adjustment was it when you lose C.J. Mosely in that first drive?

Well, thats your middle linebacker. Youve two young guys in there playing. Those guys played hard. They fought, they really did but they didnt play perfect. Thats going to hurt you for sure, and it did. It hurt mainly in coverage more than anything.

Does C.J. need more testing?

He got his MRI tonight. Theres no ligament damage of any kind, it doesnt look to be long term. Im sure theres a bruise or something in there, so we just have to see how he responds in a couple days. The good thing is we have a long week. I dont know if that means hell be ready for game or not I have no idea.

A lot of pressure on Joe Flacco tonight and maybe thats why he wasnt as accurate out of pocket as he usually is?

I have to look at the tape. I dont know. Ill have to see.

Any adjustments when covering A.J. Green?

Any adjustments when covering A.J. Green? We doubled him some, we rotated coverage to him some we did all that. Yeah, we had double coverage on the touchdown pass with No. 55 right underneath him and No. 25 was right on his hip, I think it was. He made so many great plays. Hes a great player.

Who wore the defensive headset when C.J. Mosley went out and how did they do?

It was Eric Weddle and he did a good job.

What kind of challenge is that to shift that responsibility?

Thats not a big deal. Its probably easier in the regular season than preseason. You have a one, two, three order for who does the play-calling. They had their helmet sitting on the side so if you have to change, he takes the helmet with the microphone in it and you go. And Erics good. He knows what hes doing and hes a sharp guy.

Talk about how the offense came alive in the second half. You moved the ball ...

Yeah we did. We did a good job. They got the sack fumble late. We had a chance there to get a big play. I think if Joe gets one more second it could be a touchdown. Youve got to execute it but it was one of those designed plays to take shots, and its a tough play to get off. Protection wise its a dash play. I thought we did a good job when we didnt make mistakes. Well clean some of that stuff up.

How much did the early deficit get you out of your game plan, especially revolving around Alex Collins?

"Not too much. The game plan doesnt stop and start with the running game. We want to throw the ball. It might have got us in our two-minute offense, but maybe not, because we like to run that up-tempo offense during the game anyway. We ran it against Buffalo, and we were ahead. I dont feel it got us out of the offense. Obviously we need to do more in the huddle, and we did. We ran the ball OK given the circumstances.

I know it is low probability at the end, but did you consider kicking a field goal there?

We were going to kick the field goal there, could have kicked it right there before the last play but decided to take one more shot and see if we could just throw it up in the end zone and maybe get a call or make a play. Joe took a check down in that situation. We were trying to do that but we were hopeful that we could take chalk shots down the field and score quick or kick the field goal. That was the idea to get an onside opportunity. The clock moves fast. Its not college football where the clock stops on first down.

Six sacks against the Bills but none tonight?

Its tough to sack the Bengals because the ball comes out so fast. Thats their offense. They get the ball out so fast. Theyre precise, its quick, its three steps RPO (run pass option). I thought we were a little late with some of our backwards blitzes I thought we could have timed those up a little bit better. But they had a big lead. You cant tee off on the passing game because youve got to stop the run too. It all factors into it.

The Ravens have turned the ball over more often against the Bengals than anybody. Do the Bengals do anything different defensively than other teams?

Yeah, they run their defense. They do a lot of things differently. They run a defense that theyve been running for years with Marvin (Lewis) and Mike Zimmer and right on through. They play great defense. I mean they have talented guys, they have pass rushers, they are a team that turns people over. You cant turn the ball over a lot against anybody, and thats probably why they won most of those games.

JOE FLACCO

Quarterback

What happened differently this time?

We werent sharp on a couple few things early on. We hurt ourselves with some penalties too.

Is it something the Bengals do differently on defense, where you seem to turn the ball over more?

You have to give this defense credit for what they do well. The first interception was on me. The safety was up high, and we were looking to take a shot with John Brown. I was trying to keep it away from William Jackson, who has a lot of speed. But the safety came driving through and picked it off. Its not a good play on my part. You have to give them credit on the second one their pass rushers get after people. Without Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins on that play, it might have been a touchdown. Early on, they didnt do anything we didnt expect them to. We were trying to push up on people and run them outside. It wasnt working great, and the middle of the field was open, so that started to get us into a zone. It was tough sledding early on, and we werent very precise. When you do that in somebody elses territory, you pay for it.

Was the second interception going to Chris Moore?

No, it was going to John Brown. Chris was grabbing the safety and John was running the post over the top of him. I was throwing to John all the way there.

Did you need just one more second on that strip-sack?

I didnt get a great look at it. I was letting it go to John Brown. I knew that guy was chasing from behind me, but I was able to step up and buy some time. He did a great job and ran through the play. We just needed a little tiny piece of him and I think we get it off.

Do you feel like you run or scramble more when you play here?

Their front seven is really good. Geno Atkins is arguably the best at his position. Carlos Dunlap is a monster he deflects balls, he gets to the quarterback and pins his ears back. They dont rely on pressure by blitzing a lot; they rely on those guys to get to the passer.

Going forward, how do you find consistency?

You have to keep your head up and believe what youre building around here. This is the NFL; nothing is promised, and we know that. We fought tonight. It wasnt pretty and we didnt come out with a win, but its a long season. We have to keep our heads up and be positive. I think we have a good football team, and guys reacted well to what happened tonight. We just have to move on.

Is it a good sign that the game didnt slip away?

We battled. We had a chance to win the football game. When you get down like that, thats all you can ask. Anything can happen. Weve been in plenty of types of those games on both sides. We just didnt play well enough early. Its too good of a football team to let that happen.

Do you feel like the guys on your team lacked this experience before?

We have a lot of guys that havent had this circumstance with us specifically. But weve all been playing football for a long time. If youve been in the NFL for a long time, youve had your fair share of failures. The veterans have to just bounce back, and the rookies will follow suit.

How did you climb out of that deficit early on?

You just need to get that first score, and then you start to feel a momentum coming back. The confidence comes back into the group. Once you cut (the lead) like that, you start to build toward something. Weve been playing these types of games against this team for a while now. Theyve done it to us, weve done it do them. These games last a long time, and you have to play the full 60 minutes. You just have to make sure the guys are focused, because anything can happen. Look at Green Bay vs. Chicago last week; it could have been similar to that.

MARLON HUMPHREY

Cornerback

WR A.J. Green is a great player, but why do you think he was able to get three touchdowns?

I have to watch the film to see what he was doing exactly. Thats what he does. Im not sure how many yards he had, but it seems like when they were in the red-zone, it was touchdown after touchdown.

Week 1 was great, but tonight was different. Where do you go from here?

I think were still in a good place. Well look at the film and go from there.

How much did the loss of C.J. Mosley affect you?

We were kind of just scrambling around when he went out. Some guys didnt even know he was out. Its kind of in-between. I really couldnt tell you.

MARSHAL YANDA

Guard

What do you think the issue was tonight?

Im not going to get into it. Ill just say that they made more plays than we did. They got off to a fast start we didnt. We put ourselves into a hole. We tried to climb back out but didnt make the plays we needed to. Give them credit. They played better than us and they deserved to win.

Last week you guys looked different ...

This is the NFL. Its a week-to-week business, and everyone understands that. Its one game at a time. You can win by 40 one week and lose by 40 the next week. Theres a lot of good players in the NFL, and they made more plays than us.

How tough is it for Joe Flacco?

We didnt get off to a good start. That first quarter really hurt us. The good thing is that we were able to fight to get back into the game, but we didnt make plays in the third quarter to give us a chance. It is what it is. Were all pissed, but thats part of the game. Well be alright.

ERIC WEDDLE

Safety

After tonight, where do you think you guys stand?

Were fine. Its a 16-game season. Youre not going to play great every week, but you have to find ways to win, and we didnt do that tonight. The skys not falling, but we have to correct some things. Thats why we have practice and coaching. Everyone in this room is accountable. We will take a look at ourselves first and see what we can do better and get back to work.

JOHN BROWN

Wide receiver

Describe your first touchdown catch ...

I just made a move at the line and Joe made a great throw. The DB never looked back, so I was able to focus on the ball.

What kept you guys motivated tonight?

I cant speak for everyone, but seeing guys fighting and making plays to let us know it wasnt over thats what kept me going.

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