Matt Ryan points out the defensive coverage and audibles a play at the line of scrimmage against the Bengals during the first quarter of their NFL exhibition game on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Atlanta.
Photo: CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM
Photo: CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Falcons come to Cincy with hot offense

The Atlanta Falcons will bring the No. 1-ranked offense to Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday after a record-breaking performance in their come-from-behind, 37-34 overtime win against New Orleans in the season opener.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards — the second-most ever by any quarterback on Kickoff Weekend — and directed his 24th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Kicker Matt Bryant had a notable performance as well when he tied the game with a 51-yard field goal at the end of regulation and won it with a 52-yarder in overtime — making himthe fourth player in NFL history to kick a field goal of at least 50 yards with less than a minute remaining in regulation in addition to a game-winning field goal of 50 yards or more in overtime.

This will be the Falcons’ first visit to Cincinnati since a 29-27 victory against the Bengals on Oct. 29, 2006.

Bengals-Falcons connections

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Falcons head coach Mike Smith were on the Baltimore Ravens staff from 1999-2001 … Bengals CB Adam Jones is from Atlanta (Westlake High School) … Bengals DT Brandon Thompson is from Thomasville, Ga. … Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson held the same role for the Falcons in 2007 … Bengals CB Chris Lewis-Harris (Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner) is from Smyrna, Ga. … Falcons WR Courtney Roby played for the Bengals in 2007 … Bengals offensive assistant/quality control coach Brian Braswell was born in College Park, Ga., and played (2000-04) and coached (2005-13) at Morehouse College (Atlanta).

AFC North outlook

Baltimore (0-1) – Home vs. Pittsburgh (1-0) Thursday. As close as you can get to a must win in September with the prospect of starting 0-2 with back-to-back home losses against division opponents, all while the Ray Rice controvery swirls.

Cleveland (0-1) – Home vs. New Orleans (0-1) Sunday. It will be interesting to see how soon the crowd starts calling for Johnny Manziel if hometown kid Brian Hoyer and the Browns offensive struggle out of the gate.

Pittsburgh (1-0) – At Baltimore (0-1) Thursday. The Steelers, who have played at least one Thursday night game every year since 2006, are looking for their first 2-0 start since 2010.

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