Going into Monday, eight teams scored 30 or more points and won their opening games.
Make that nine.
The Ravens, behind a high-octane, hurry-up offense that caught fire from the start, blew out the Cincinnati Bengals 44-13 at M&T Bank Stadium.
In his fifth season, coach John Harbaugh is undefeated in openers as the Ravens have beaten this AFC North foe for the third time in a row.
Joe Flacco came out throwing, hitting Torrey Smith on a 52-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage. Flacco completed passes to seven different receivers en route to 21-for-29 passing for 299 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 128.4 rating.
We didnt get that many drives, really, but we were efficient enough that we put points on the board and sometimes thats what you need to do, Flacco said. When you do that it puts a lot of pressure on the other teams offense and I think thats when our defense is at their best.
The Ravens got out to a 17-3 lead in the first half but saw it shrink to 17-13 after the Bengals scored a 19-yard field goal on their first possession of the third quarter.
Thats when both sides of the Ravens cranked up their play to put the game out of reach.
On his first drive of the second half, Flacco completed three passes to tight end Dennis Pitta, who missed the entire preseason with a hand injury, en route to an 89-yard drive that took less than four minutes. Flacco capped it with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Pitta.
We were in attack mode all night, said Pitta, who finished with five catches for 73 yards. Its what we envisioned for this year. We know what were capable of and were looking forward to getting better.
The defense started to get to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who was sacked four times. Ed Reed, who turns 34 Tuesday, picked off an overthrown pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown.
Nose tackle Haloti Ngata registered two of those sacks. Dalton was dinged on a sack by Ray Lewis as he fumbled deep in Cincinnatis territory that was recovered by Lardarius Webb, who began blitzing from the edge.
Two plays later, Ray Rice rushed into the end zone from one-yard for his second touchdown of the night. Rice rushed the ball only 10 times but gained 68 yards.
Anquan Boldin had four catches for 63 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown. Tight end Ed Dickson, who missed the last three preseason games with a shoulder sprain, had two catches for 22 yards.
It was an all-around performance by the Ravens, who held Bengals star receiver A.J. Green to five catches for 70 yards. Dalton targeted him 11 times.
And despite the smiles after the game, not lost on the Ravens was the memory of late former owner Art Modell, who relocated the team from Cleveland to Baltimore. He passed away last week.
We all wanted to feel Art here with us, Ngata said. He was up there with us. We felt we had to play a little bit more for him and his family. A lot of us would not be here without him.