Ravens Chased Away From Top of AFC North in Loss to Bengals

Ravens Chased Away From Top of AFC North in Loss to Bengals


Ravens Chased Away From Top of AFC North in Loss to Bengals


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The Baltimore Ravens fell at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals at home to drop their first game since week one of this NFL season. The final score came to 41-17 in favor of Cincinnati and sends the Ravens to a 5-2 record.

Coming into the game, we knew that the winner between the two division rivals would take control of first place in the AFC North. The Ravens coming off a beatdown of the Los Angeles Chargers seemed confident as they hadn’t allowed a touchdown to the Bengals in a few seasons. Additionally, Lamar Jackson had never lost a game in the month of October in his career, so the Ravens had the recent trends on their side.

The game opened up with the Bengals striking first with a Evan McPherson 52-yard field goal. The Ravens would answer with a 45-yard field goal of their own from Justin Tucker. However, the Bengals, answered with a TD pass from Joe Burrow to C.J. Uzomah for a 55-yard score that gave the Bengals a ten to three lead. As mentioned earlier, it was the first touchdown the Bengals scored against Baltimore in a few seasons. 

The Ravens would answer with a Devonta Freeman one-yard touchdown run to even the score at ten right before the half. The Bengals would add another field goal with a few seconds remaining to give them a 13-10 lead going into halftime. It was a back and fourth game that you’d expect from evenly matched division rivals.

Entering the third quarter, the Ravens would take the lead on a Lamar Jackson 39-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown. It gave the Ravens their first lead at 17-13 but ended up being Baltimore’s final score of the game. The Bengals would answer on the next few series on another C.J. Uzomah touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to give Cincinnati the lead again. Then Ja’Marr Chase would break three Raven defenders and run for a 82-yard touchdown from a short pass from Burrow to give the Bengals a 27-17 lead.

The Ravens would stall again on offense and the Bengals would again capitalize on another touchdown. This time from Joe Mixon for a 21-yard rushing score to break the game open at 34-17. Cincinnati would again stop Baltimore on fourth down again to get the ball in a good spot. Running back Samaje Perine broke for a 46-yard touchdown score to give the Bengals a 41-17 lead. This would be the final scoring play from either of the two teams. 

Lamar Jackson ended the game throwing for 257 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 88 yards. The Ravens running backs were held in check for the entire game with their leading running back running for only 14 yards. The Bengals defense was able to get to the Ravens offensive line and generate five sacks on Lamar Jackson. The Ravens were held to 5/16 on third down and just couldn’t get things going after taking the lead in the third quarter. 

The Ravens record dropped to 5-2 and are tied with the Bengals for the best record in the AFC North but due to the loss, they don’t hold the tiebreaker. The Ravens head into a needed bye week and then will look to bounce back in two weeks when they host the Minnesota Vikings at home. 

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