Ravens Rivals: Takeaways from the AFC North after week four

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 04: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns runs for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 04: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns runs for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 4: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium on October 4, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Jacksonville 33-25. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 4: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium on October 4, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Jacksonville 33-25. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

Cincinnati Bengals: Finally in the win column

The Cincinnati Bengals played some pretty solid football in the first three weeks but had nothing to show for it. Let me be clear, “pretty solid” should be put into context. Cincinnati is a team that only won two games last year, and many times got embarrassed. So far, the Bengals have been much more competitive this year, nearly winning last week at Philadelphia, but tied instead.

Cincinnati beat Jacksonville 33-25 on Sunday to secure their first win of the year. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has thrown for 300+ yards in three straight games, a mark that Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was impressed by:

Burrow was helped tremendously on Sunday by stand out running back Joe Mixon, who had his best game of the 2020 season so far. Mixon rushed for 151-yards and two touchdowns and caught six passes for 30-yards and a touchdown, totaling three on the day. If Cincinnati can get their rushing attack going consistently they instantly become a more dangerous team.

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This was the most winnable game in the schedule so far for the Bengals and they took advantage against a Jaguars team who was coming off of a home loss to the Dolphins.

Next week Burrow and the Bengals will face their toughest challenge yet, traveling to Baltimore to take on Lamar Jackson and the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.