Ravens vs. Bengals score: Baltimore defense dominates with three turnovers in blowout win over Cincinnati

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The Baltimore Ravens defense arguably put up the best performance by any team in the NFL this season, allowing just a field goal to an overmatched Cincinnati Bengals team in a 27-3 victory Sunday. Baltimore shut down Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati offense, holding the Bengals to just 205 yards on the afternoon while forcing three turnovers and completely dominating the line of scrimmage in the win. 

Burrow faced relentless pressure from the Baltimore front seven, getting sacked seven times in the game and hit 15 times. Baltimore held Cincinnati to 3 of 16 on third down and forced three fumbles, the highlight being a Patrick Queen recovery for a score that put the game out of reach for a Bengals offense that couldn't get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Burrow finished just 19 of 30 for 183 yards and an interception, the first game of his career he failed to record a touchdown. 

The Cincinnati defense showed up to play after allowing 17 points on the first three possessions, only giving three points to the Baltimore offense the rest of the afternoon. Lamar Jackson threw two touchdown passes but faced pressure himself throughout the afternoon as he was held to just three yards rushing -- the first time he was held to under 45 yards rushing in 18 contests. Jackson was just 19 of 37 for 180 yards with two touchdowns and an interception as Baltimore was held to just 333 yards of offense. The reigning MVP did enter the game on a short week of practice due to a knee injury and illness but was healthy enough ton play all four quarters in this one. 

Mark Andrews had his way against the Bengals defense, catching six of Jackson's 16 completions in the first half. Jackson threw a season-high 29 passes in the opening half of play, the most attempts he's had in any game this season. Andrews finished with six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown, and he's now scored 15 touchdowns since the start of the 2019 season, which is the most in the NFL. 

Stay tuned for takeaways from this one, but for a recap of this game visit our live blog below. 

Why The Ravens Won

The Ravens defense put out the best performance in the NFL this season, giving Joe Burrow a rude awakening that the NFL wasn't as easy as he's made it out to be through the first four games of his career. Burrow had his three-game streak of throwing for 300+ yards snapped, as the Ravens sacked him seven times and held him to 3.6 yards per attempt. Baltimore forced three turnovers and didn't allow Cincinnati to gain over 40 yards on a drive until the final possession. They even had a stretch where Cincinnati was held to 26 plays for 22 yards, 0.8 yards per play! Dominant is the only word to describe the performance. 

Why The Bengals Lost

The Bengals offensive line has been getting Joe Burrow hit all year and Sunday's loss was no different. Baltimore had 15 quarterback hits on Burrow, who faced relentless pressure throughout the afternoon as he struggled to move the ball downfield. Didn't help the run game was nonexistent as Cincinnati averaged just 2.5 yards per attempt on 28 carries. Joe Mixon was held to just 24 carries for 59 yards as the Bengals couldn't develop a balanced attack to counter Baltimore's aggressive defense. Three turnovers didn't help either. 

Turning Point

Cincinnati played with nothing to lose early in this one and the aggressiveness took them out of the game early. Joe Burrow struggled to move the ball downfield early in the game and forced the issue with a deep pass over the middle intended for A.J. Green that was intercepted by Marcus Peters, who returned the ball to the Bengals 31. Baltimore scored three plays later to build its lead to 17-0, which felt like a five touchdown deficit the way Cincinnati was moving the ball. Peters has 29 interceptions since the start of the 2015 season -- the most in the NFL. 

Play Of The Game

Marlon Humphrey was one of the most underrated players in the NFL for years but has finally earned the respect as one of the best. Midway through the fourth quarter, Humphrey sealed the Ravens' dominant defensive performance with a forced fumble on Mike Thomas as Patrick Queen returned the ball 53 yards for the touchdown to put Baltimore up 27-0. Queen finished with a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries on the day.


The Quote

"We were talking on the sideline. If you see Marlon, why do you still run the ball? Just get down man. It makes no sense." -- Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen on receivers and running backs approaching Marlon Humphrey, who Lamar Jackson also called the defensive MVP after another standout performance.  

Up Next

The Ravens (4-1) travel to Lincoln Financial Field to face the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday while the Bengals (1-3-1) travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. 

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Season Leaders

passing
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J. Burrow 2688 YD, 13 TDS, 5 INTS
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J. Burrow 2688 YD, 13 TDS, 5 INTS
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L. Jackson 2757 YD, 26 TDS, 9 INTS
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L. Jackson 2757 YD, 26 TDS, 9 INTS
rushing
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J. Mixon 119 ATT, 428 YD, 3 TDS
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J. Mixon 119 ATT, 428 YD, 3 TDS
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L. Jackson 159 ATT, 1005 YD, 7 TDS
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L. Jackson 159 ATT, 1005 YD, 7 TDS
receiving
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T. Higgins 67 REC, 908 YD, 6 TDS
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T. Higgins 67 REC, 908 YD, 6 TDS
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M. Brown 58 REC, 769 YD, 8 TDS
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M. Brown 58 REC, 769 YD, 8 TDS
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Well the Bengals finally got points on the board, but they shut down Lamar Jackson. His three rush yards today were the fewest in his NFL career as the Ravens offense struggled to point points on the board. The Ravens defense was outstanding this afternoon in the victory, holding Cincinnati to just 205 yards and forcing three turnovers in the win. Baltimore gets to 4-1 while Cincinnati falls to 1-3-1.

October 11, 2020, 8:02 PM

Well that's a wrap on this one. The Ravens defense is beyond dominant today, causing three turnovers and just making up for this surprisingly average performance by the Baltimore offense. Patrick Queen is a legitimate stud with two fumble recoveries while Marlon Humphrey remains underrated as a cornerback. This defense can win a Super Bowl.

October 11, 2020, 7:41 PM
@Bengals via Twitter
October 11, 2020, 7:40 PM

I don't know if the bengals are going to score a point unless the offensive line can pick up the blitz. Mixon is not doing a good job in pass block, but he has to be in the game. Can't get anything going on the ground either.

October 11, 2020, 7:21 PM
@Ravens via Twitter
October 11, 2020, 7:16 PM

The Ravens have as many sacks as the Bengals have first downs (5). Mark Ingram carrying the offense with 40 rushing yards in the second half. Greg Roman going back to their bread and butter -- running the football.

October 11, 2020, 7:16 PM
@Bengals via Twitter
October 11, 2020, 7:10 PM

Lamar Jackson ran over Jerome Boger to avoid a sack on that 2nd-and-7. Cincinnati is really getting players after him throughout the game as this Ravens offense is struggling. The Ravens can't find an open receiver as Baltimore has struggled to score on its last six [possessions. Excellent job by the Bengals defense.

October 11, 2020, 7:07 PM
@Bengals via Twitter
October 11, 2020, 7:04 PM

Even when Lamar Jackson gets some positive yards rushing, a first down is negated by Ben Powers having a holding penalty -- a rare call in the NFL there days. Jackson still finds Marquise Brown for the first down on the very next play. This is his best drive in a few possessions.

October 11, 2020, 7:02 PM

Just starting the second half and the Bengals are still getting to Lamar Jackson. Bengals put pressure on him then only rush three on third and long to take away the run. Teams are going to do this to Jackson in future weeks.

October 11, 2020, 6:51 PM
@Ravens via Twitter
October 11, 2020, 6:47 PM
@Ravens via Twitter
October 11, 2020, 6:44 PM

Justin Tucker 61-yarder is no good. His first miss of the season. Only takes a 60 yarder for him to miss. Lamar Jackson has thrown an astonishing 29 passes in the first half, but Baltimore leads 17-0.

October 11, 2020, 6:34 PM
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