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Flacco carries Ravens past Bengals 44-13

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) is chased out of bounds by Cincinnati Bengals safety Taylor Mays in the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) is chased out of bounds by Cincinnati Bengals safety Taylor Mays in the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
Nick Wass, Associated Press

BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Ed Reed took an interception 34 yards for a score, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals 44-13 on Monday night for their 11th straight win at home.

Baltimore's high-powered, no-huddle offense also produced two short touchdown runs by Ray Rice. After letting an early 14-point lead dwindle to 17-13, the Ravens pulled away by scoring 24 straight points in just over six minutes.

Flacco watched the final eight minutes of the blowout on the sideline after going 21 for 29 in Baltimore's ninth consecutive victory in the AFC North. The Ravens were the only team in the division to win the opener.

And while the offense certainly was impressive, Baltimore's defense also excelled in its first game under coordinator Dean Pees. Playing without injured NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, who had 14 sacks last year, the Ravens dropped Andy Dalton four times.