8+1 storylines to follow before the Ravens face the Bengals in Week 2

AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Baltimore Ravens v Cincinnati Bengals
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1. The Ravens can being 2-0 for the first time since 2020

Baltimore is in possession of the best Week 1 record in the past eight seasons, this one included. The Ravens are 7-1 in that span, tied for first with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs after they won and lost their season-opening games last week respectively.

The Ravens, though, are now looking at breaking out of a two-year slump in which they couldn't start any of the last two years with back-to-back victories.

In 2021, Baltimore kicked their season off by losing an OT game in Las Vegas, their lone Week 1 defeat in the last eight years. That was followed by five consecutive victories from Sept. 20 through Oct. 17 before they dropped their second game of the season... against the Bengals.

Last year, the Ravens started the season on the right foot by beating a lowly New York Jets team in Week 1 only to lose their next matchup at home hosting the Miami Dolphins. It took the ravens until late October to string two consecutive victories, when they did so in Weeks 7 (vs. CLE) and Week 8 (at TB).