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.

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.