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Ravens vs. Bengals: Instant analysis from The Baltimore Sun

What our reporters and editors thought of the first game of the season between Ravens and Bengals:

Jeff Zrebiec: It sounds weird to say it after a 31-point victory over a talented division rival, but the Ravens had plenty of things to correct, especially on the defensive end. But that talk is for another day. Tonight is about crediting the Ravens' offense and imagining just how good this unit can be. In that respect, the Ravens couldn't have gotten off to a better start.

Mike Preston: Overall, this was probably the most balanced and mutli-faceted Ravens offense since John Harbaugh became head coach in 2008.

Aaron Wilson: Hurry-up offense and a younger, more athletic offensive line spells victory for Ravens. Old-guard defenders Ed Reed and Ray Lewis still have a few more impact plays left in their repertoire.

Matt Vensel: I thought the Ravens would take care of the Bengals, but I didn't expect it to be like this. Joe Flacco looks like a different -- in a good way -- quarterback and the defense made plays when they were needed. Their inability to slow down BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a little concerning with LeSean McCoy up next on the schedule, but that's nitpicking a blowout win. Oh yeah, and the Ravens now lead each of their three AFC North rivals by a game. Not too shabby of a way to start the season.

Peter Schmuck: Guess the Ravens weren't kidding when they said they were going to break out a quick-strike, high-powered offense this season. They broke it out in the opener and the Cincinnati Bengals didn't know what hit them. 

Kevin Cowherd: This was a dominant Ravens win in every respect. Another sharp performance by Joe Flacco and extensive use of the "sugar" huddle serves notice that Baltimore's offense will be far more multi-dimensional this season. Meanwhile, Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton will be seeing purple jerseys in his dreams for weeks.

Ron Fritz: Ravens started fast and never let up. This was an impressive victory for the opening game on Monday Night Football. Sure would hate to be a Steelers fan watching this game after seeing their team crushed by the Denver Broncos Sunday night.

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