Tucker perfect in NFL debut

BALTIMORE - In a training camp nearly devoid of drama, Justin Tucker won the kicking job from Billy Cundiff.

Tucker, a rookie from Texas, got into action early. He drilled a 46-yarder on the Ravens' first drive to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead on Monday night .

His 40-yard field goal late in the third quarter padded the Ravens' advantage to 27-13 and added a 39-yard field goal with three minutes left for Baltimore's final points.

"The way we practice and the way we play in the preseason and how Billy and I had such a tough competition in training camp has prepared me for really anything," Tucker said. "I go out there and treat every kick the same."

Six of Tucker's nine kickoffs easily reached the end zone. Cincinnati's Brandon Tate returned three of them for 64 yards.

'As far as the result is concerned, I'm pleased," Tucker said. "My performance on kickoffs, I feel I can do better."

Tucker was impressed with the atmosphere at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Packed house, loud. It reminded me of whenever we had big plays in school, 101,000 people, these 70,000 sounded like 101," Tucker said

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ED: On Tuesday, Ed Reed turns 34, and he celebrated by running an interception back 34 yards for a touchdown. It was his 58th pick, and the seventh he returned for a score.

Reed now has an NFL-record 1,497 yards on interception. He passed Rod Woodson, who had 1,483 yards. Woodson played four of his 17 seasons with the Ravens

It was Reed's first touchdown since he returned one on Oct. 11, 2009 for 52 yards, also against Cincinnati.

Two of Reed's seven touchdowns have come on returns of 107 and 106 yards.

He has one interception return for a touchdown in the playoffs.

PREGAME TRIBUTE: There was a moment of silence for Art Modell before the game. As photos of Modell were shown on the scoreboard, fans began to applaud. Modell's funeral is Tuesday morning.

The Ravens wore T-shirts honoring Modell.

"He was always the owner that you see in the pictures, that you see on the TV," Reed said.

LINE SHUFFLE: Kelechi Osemele started at right tackle, Michael Oher shifted to left tackle and Ramon Harewood started at left guard. Bobbie Williams and Bryant McKinnie did not start.

"We've got a bunch of guys right now that we think can play on our offensive line," Harbaugh said.

"So it goes from a perceive weakness to what we always thought was going to be a strength, and we just got to build on that."

ALLEN'S BACK: Running back Anthony Allen, who was cut and re-signed for the practice squad, was promoted to the active squad for Monday's game.

"We just did it for special teams reasons," Harbaugh said. "Anthony Allen has done a great job on special teams, and we made a strategic roster move we hope works for us."

Allen carried the ball four times for 13 yards.

Running back Bobby Rainey was waived.

"Bobby Rainey is a big part of our plans," Harbaugh said. "Bobby is a guy that I cherish."

REPLACEMENTS: Each week, some NFL fans try to guess the name of the referee for each game. In a normal year, a big name would have been selected to officiate the first Monday night game of the season. This year, it was Richard "Matt" Nicks. According to footballzebras.com., Nicks most recently officiated in the Mid-South Conference, which includes small colleges in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Ohio. He's also called Tennessee high school games.

After Nicks flagged Lardarius Webb for an illegal hit on the Bengals' Andy Dalton, Harbaugh called time out and screamed at Nicks.

RICE FOR 30: Ray Rice's first quarter seven-yard touchdown run was the 30th of his career. He passed Derrick Mason for fourth place on Baltimore's all-time touchdown list. Jamal Lewis (47), Todd Heap (41) and Willis McGahee (35) are ahead of Rice.

OUCH: Midway through the second quarter, Cincinnati Taylor Mays hit Ed Dickson in the head. Mays was assessed a 15-yard penalty for an illegal hit to the hit. A substantial fine for Mays' helmet-to-helmet contact could be coming.

SITTING IT OUT: Baltimore's inactivates were wide receiver LaQuan Williams, cornerback Asa Jackson, offensive lineman Jah Reid, tight end Billy Bajema, defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, linebacker Sergio Kindle and defensive tackle Bryan Hall.

ODDS AND ENDS: Haloti Ngata had two sacks for the third time in his career. Dennis Pitta set a career-high with 73 yards. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was the honorary captain. ... Jonathon Vogel of Westminster was the Tee Kid. ... A number of Baltimore Orioles attended the game. When Adam Jones was shown on the scoreboard, he gave a big grin and got a loud cheer. "Unreal ovation at the Ravens game," Jones tweeted. Infielder Ryan Flaherty and pitcher Tommy Hunter signed autographs on Ravenswalk before the game.

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