BALTIMORE — Lamar Jackson’s legs carried the way to a Ravens 23-17 win over the Bengals on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Here are a few Ravens whose stocks are up and down after the win.
Stock up: Lamar Jackson
His legs once again stole the show as he finished with 152 yards on the ground.
The Bengals entered the game with one of the NFL’s worst rushing defenses, and Jackson made them pay with his scrambles and shiftiness on the outside.
It was a career high in rushing yards for Jackson, who proved too much for the Bengals to handle.
Stock down: Pass rush
Cincinnati has one of the worst offensive lines in football, but it didn’t seem that way on Sunday.
The Ravens defense only had two sacks on the afternoon, on a day they should have feasted. The team's first sack came with just over three minutes left to play in the game, courtesy of Tyus Bowser. The numbers at the end of the game made the day look much better than it really was.
Stock up: Run defense
While the pass rush struggled, the Ravens' run defense was excellent.
They allowed just 31 yards on 13 attempts, as the Bengals were mostly one-dimensional for the entire game.
Joe Mixon, who had seen his usage ramp up in recent weeks, was held at bay the entire afternoon and only registered 10 yards on eight carries.
Stock down: The kickoff team
The Ravens opened Sunday’s game hot. After the first 12 seconds.
Baltimore allowed Cincinnati to return the opening kick for a touchdown as the Ravens fell in an early hole.
Despite the defense’s strong performance, the Bengals were constantly in the game thanks to the opening touchdown. After a strong performance in Pittsburgh last week, the unit saw a drop-off in week six.
Stock up: Josh Bynes
A week after Bynes intercepted a pass in Pittsburgh, he tipped an Andy Dalton pass that landed in the arms of Marlon Humphrey for an interception.
Bynes finished with three tackles, tied for second on the defense, and the tipped pass that led to the interception.
In just his second game as a Raven, he’s already proven himself to be an incredibly valuable commodity.
Stock up: The rushing attack
Setting aside Jackson, the rest of the Ravens' rushing attack was excellent on the day as well.
Mark Ingram had over 50 yards and a score, and Gus Edwards and Justice Hill each averaged over five yards per carry.
As a team, the Ravens rushed for over 250 yards against a Bengals defense prone to allowing big plays.
Stock down: Mark Andrews’ hurdling
Andrews by himself is a stock up. His hurdling, well, not so much.
In the second quarter, Andrews tried to fly over numerous Bengals defensive backs with a hurdle. It didn’t work.
The ball was popped out and the Bengals recovered, in what likely will be the end of Andrews’ days trying to leap over defenders.
Stock neutral: Justin Tucker
It’s literally impossible for Justin Tucker’s stock to go up any higher. He was perfect once again on his extra points and field goals. He also became the fastest kicker in NFL history to reach 1,000 points, a feat he accomplished in just 118 games.
The NFL’s best kicker proved, once again, why he’s the best.
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