The Ravens started Sunday’s battering of the Bengals on the first play of the game.
The tone was set as Lamar Jackson found Marquise Brown for a 49-yard post route. The Ravens scored four plays later and the rout was on, as the Ravens earned a dominating 49-13 win over the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Baltimore is now on a five-game winning streak and is 7-2 on the season. But once again, the story of the day was the Ravens’ offense.
“Great win, obviously, important win for us coming off the win last week,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We knew we had to back that win up and I’m really proud of our team for doing that. Now our challenge is going to be the AFC (South) leaders coming in here next week.”
In what might have been Jackson’s best game as a pro, he left the Bengals defense befuddled all afternoon.
He finished 15-of-17 passing for 223 yards and three passing touchdowns. Sunday was his second perfect passer rating of the season — he’s only the second quarterback in NFL history to post two perfect passer ratings in the same season.
But his best highlight of the afternoon was a 47-yard touchdown run where he juked and spun through the Bengals defense in what was an MVP moment for the second-year quarterback.
“That’s a really powerful offense that not many teams have shown the solution to stopping,” Bengals Zac Taylor said. “It was a great challenge for us, obviously they scored 35 points against our defense, that’s not good enough."
Jackson’s run also ignited the rest of the Ravens, too, as his run through the Bengals’ defense put an exclamation point on the victory.
“They’ll be watching that run for decades and decades,” coach John Harbaugh said he told his coaching staff. “That’s one that everybody in the country is going to see by tomorrow afternoon. That’s rare.”
Jackson said he practiced his spin move in Saturday’s walkthrough, and with a grin from ear-to-ear, said he got to use it a day later.
But while everyone will focus on the spin move, Sunday’s game was one for Jackson that will only cement his status as one of the NFL’s best, no matter what people say about him.
“You know I’m a quarterback at the end of the day, and I want to prove that,” Jackson said.
Nothing could go wrong for the Ravens, as they scored more points (49) than they ran offensive plays (46).
It was a nice follow-up to the 17-point win over the previously unbeaten Patriots last week, as the Ravens are now 7-2 and in an incredibly strong position to not only win the AFC North, but potentially get a first round bye in the playoffs.
And led by an MVP candidate at quarterback, the season is as bright as could be in Baltimore right now.
“I always talk about what’s on my mind,” Jackson said. “And Super Bowl is on my mind. So we’re going to take it one day at a time. If the MVP comes, it comes. But that’s not my goal.”
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