Lamar Jackson Goes 'Perfect' as Ravens Rout Bengals 49-13

Big Bad Morning Show
November 10, 2019 - 5:11 pm

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By Joe Schiller 

On 2nd-and-3 with 8:19 left in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Lamar Jackson put the stamp on his MVP campaign. 

Jackson raced past Carlos Dunlap, juked out Jessie Bates, and spun past Nick Vigil and Shawn Williams for a 47-yard touchdown to give the Ravens a 35-10 lead. 

The game was never close. In fact, ESPN's win probability never gave the Bengals a chance. The Ravens routed Cincinnati to win their fifth straight game and improve to 7-2 on the season. 

Coming off an emotional win over the New England Patriots last Sunday, there were no signs on a letdown. Jackson drove the offense 75 yards on five plays on the opening drive, and connected with Mark Andrews for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Ravens a 7-0 lead. After forcing a 3-and-out, Mark Ingram punched in a 1-yard score to give Baltimore an early 14-0 advantage. 

Jackson finished 15-of-17 for 223 yards and three touchdowns with a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating. He added 65 yards and a touchdown on the ground. 

Making his first career NFL start, Ryan Finley got his first taste at reality when Marcus Peters intercepted his pass and raced 89 yards in the opposite direction for the touchdown. Finely finished 16-of-30 for 167 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but it was the Ravens who dominated almost all facets of Sunday's game. 

The Bengals began the second half on offense, but Chuck Clark forced a fumble on Gio Bernard on 4th down to give the ball back to the Ravens. The offense needed just three plays as Jackson took the breaths of fans at Paul Brown Stadium, and the entire country with his touchdown run.

Head Coach John Harbaugh said it's a run we'll be watching for "decades." 

An improving Ravens' defense allowed 157 rushing yards while Michael Pierce battled an ankle injury, but had an impressive performance overall. Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate were limted to just 98 combined receiving yards on nine catches. They added another defensive touchdown when Tyus Bowser scooped up Pat Ricard's strip-sack on Finley to extend the lead to 49-10 with 2:14 left in the third quarter. 

By the time the Ravens' offense took the field in the fourth quarter, Jackson and the starters were done. 

Baltimore returns home next week for an AFC showdown against Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. It will be two of the NFL's top dual-threat quarterbacks matched up as the Ravens continue to make their push for a first-round bye.