BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens’ new no-huddle offense gave the Cincinnati Bengals no chance to win.
Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Ed Reed took an interception 34 yards for a score, and the Ravens rolled to a 44-13 victory Monday night to extend their home winning streak to 11 games.
Flacco and the offense worked this summer on running plays without a huddle, and when it came time to put the new scheme into action, the results were almost flawless. The Ravens amassed 430 yards, didn’t commit a turnover, and punted only twice.
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. Ray Rice ran for 68 yards and two short scores, but instead of dominating the Baltimore attack in his usual fashion, the running back took a back seat to Flacco.
‘‘Obviously, everything went pretty well for us tonight,’’ Flacco said.
Not so for the Bengals, who made the playoffs last year without beating a team that qualified for postseason play. In this one, Cincinnati once again came up short against a high-caliber opponent.
‘‘That certainly wasn’t what we expected to have out there today,’’ coach Marvin Lewis said. ‘‘We got outplayed and we got outcoached.’’
Although the 44 points were only 11 fewer than the Ravens mustered in two games against Cincinnati last year, Lewis insisted Baltimore’s no-huddle attack wasn’t the difference.
‘‘I wish I could say it was the no-huddle,’’ he said. ‘‘I think it’s an effective thing for them, and it’s something they'll continue to do, but I don’t think it really bothered us.’’
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 an 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 season — the Ravens dropped Andy Dalton four times.
Reed’s jaunt with a pass tipped by Cincinnati receiver Brandon Tate put the safety in the NFL record book. Reed has 1,497 yards in interception returns, eclipsing the previous record of 1,483 yards by Rod Woodson. It was Reed’s seventh career score on a pickoff return.
Dalton went 22 of 37 for 221 yards, and former Patriot BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 91 yards and a score in his Cincinnati debut.