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NFL · 12 days ago

Lamar Jackson Helps Lead Ravens to Victory Over Bengals



Lamar Jackson Helps Lead Ravens to Victory Over Bengals

The Baltimore Ravens clinched their eighth victory this season, elevating their record to 8-3 straight up. Demonstrating their consistent performance, the Ravens have covered the spread in seven of their eight wins, including last night’s triumph with a score of 34-20. They successfully covered as a 3.5-point favorite.

In an unexpected turn for NFL prime-time games, which typically trend towards lower scores, this matchup surpassed expectations. The game ended with a total of 54 points, well over the pregame over/under of 46.5. This outcome was a notable deviation, as 25 of the prior 32 prime-time games had hit the under.

The win positions the Ravens as the frontrunners in the AFC North, a full game ahead of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, and two wins up in the win column. The victory was particularly significant given the injuries faced by the team.

The game’s dynamics shifted notably after Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals‘ quarterback, exited due to injury. Despite the final score, the game was closely contested before his departure. This incident raises questions about the potential outcome had Burrow remained in play.

Focusing on the Bengals, their defense presented a stark contrast to their performances over the last two years. They conceded 34 points, indicating weaknesses that need addressing. Even with Burrow on the field, the Ravens appeared dominant, likely to have scored in the forties.

The injury concerns extend beyond Burrow, with Mark Andrews of the Ravens potentially out for the season. Despite these setbacks, Lamar Jackson showcased his prowess against the Bengals’ defense. Jackson achieved a passer rating of 121.3, throwing for 264 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, and added 54 yards on the ground. His performance was pivotal in the Ravens’ impressive win, even as they dealt with Andrews’ early exit.

The Ravens’ ability to adapt and execute deep plays was commendable, but the question remains: can they maintain their momentum without a key player like Andrews, who is instrumental in crucial situations like third downs and red zone plays?

In summary, the Ravens‘ victory over the Bengals was a significant achievement, considering their injury challenges and the unexpected high-scoring nature of the game. With the AFC North lead now in their hands, the team’s resilience and adaptability will be crucial in their journey ahead, especially in light of the potential long-term absence of key players like Andrews and the uncertainties surrounding their opponents’ injury recoveries.

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