Baltimore Ravens beat Bengals: The good, bad and the ugly
It’s hard to imagine an uglier stretch for the purple and black than what happened in the beginning of the third quarter. Jackson had his interception and the Bengals responded with a touchdown. The Ravens had a turnover on downs. The Bengals made John Harbaugh’s team pay by punching it into the end zone. That is the kind of sequence that losing football is made of. Credit must be given to Jackson and the Ravens for responding and turning things around, but this game looked like it would spiral into a web of despair for the Ravens.
There were some penalties in this game that have to be frustrating for Harbaugh and company. They had a big first down nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty in the second quarter. It should be noted that this was a questionable call, but it had was costly nonetheless. Nick Boyle had a false start penalty that was an example of the kind of small mistake that just doesn’t need to happen.
The pass protection wasn’t very good. The Bengals only ended up with two sacks, but that’s because Lamar Jackson is amazing. This is a problem that has been fairly prevalent this season. The offensive line should get some credit for the Ravens rushing attack finally launching, but Jackson and Edwards get most of the credit for that. This offensive line is the biggest problem the team has moving forward and Jackson’s blazing speed made them look a lot better than they were.