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2018 NFL Week 2 Thursday night football open thread: Bengals vs. Ravens

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NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings, Raider Nation! Tonight the second week of the NFL season begins, with a Thursday night matchup between bitter divisional rivals Cincinnati and Baltimore. Both teams were victorious last week as the Ravens walloped Buffalo and the Bengals took care of the Colts.

Both teams are a half game ahead of the Browns and Steelers, who hilariously tied in Cleveland last week. After this game, one of them will be alone in first place in the AFC North. Both of these teams are future Raiders opponents later in the season, so this game will provide some valuable insight into both of them.

The running game will be key for both the Ravens and Bengals tonight. The Bengals have the explosive Joe Mixon, while the Ravens employ the tough-as-nails Alex Collins. Cincinnati might be a bit more stacked at receiver with AJ Green and John Ross, but Joe Flacco should have an easier time against the Cincinnati secondary.

AFC North games are always brutal and physical, so we should be in for a fun game tonight. You can watch live on the NFL Network at 5:20 p.m. Pacific.