What. A. Game.
No, this wasn’t the back-and-forth affair that many thought would happen as the 4-2 Bengals and Ravens faced off in Baltimore. Instead, it was one of the best performances the Bengals franchise has seen in quite some time, as they dismantled Baltimore en route to a 41-17 victory.
Forty-one to seventeen.
And that was with Baltimore entering the day as a 6.5-point favorite to beat Cincinnati for a sixth-straight time.
Instead, the Bengals cruised to arguably the biggest signature win of the Zac Taylor, who has a very legitimate playoff contender on his hands.
After the Ravens took a 17-13 lead early in the third quarter, the Bengals ended the game on a 28-0 run that was simply magical to watch unfold.
This was the first win for Cincinnati vs. Lamar Jackson, who was held in check today to the tune of 15/31 passing for 257 yards and one score with 12 carries for 88 yards. He was also sacked six times, tied for a single-season high.
On the other side, Joe Burrow played nearly flawless football as he torched Baltimore for 416 yards and three scores on 23/38 passing with one pick and one sack taken.
Ja’Marr Chase was on the receiving end of almost half those passing yards, as the rookie receiver caught eight balls for 201 yards and one score.
Defensive end Sam Hubbard recorded a game-high 2.5 sacks with 2.5 tackles for loss and three QB hits.
You could go with several different guys for this, but Ja’Marr Chase’s historic day earned him MVP honors. His 82-yard score late in the third quarter was effectively the knockout punch, as he looked every bit like the next A.J. Green of this series in terms of Bengals receivers who become Raven-killers.
Admittedly, I’d have given this award to Joe Burrow if not for that interception that briefly gave Baltimore new life before the defense snuffed it out.
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