The Baltimore Ravens are playoff-bound. It’s a proud day for the team and here is what Baltimore can be proud of:
1. The Ravens never let it be in doubt:
The Baltimore Ravens got a little help in the sixteenth week of the season. They came into their final regular-season game with a win and they are in situation. The purple and black demolished the Cincinnati Bengals. At no point in this game was the victory in doubt.
The Ravens started the game with a long field goal drive. A Bengals penalty put Cincinnati in a tough third down backed up in their own territory. They had to punt the ball away to Devin Duvernay and Lamar Jackson and Miles Boykin connected on a beautiful touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, Baltimore was up 10 points.
The Bengals couldn’t get anything going. They got an interception of a tipped Jackson pass. After three quick plays, they had to punt the ball back. They had a chance to make it a game with the ball just around midfield. Don Martindale’s defense shut that idea down quickly.
The Raven had a 17-3 lead at the halftime intermission. The Ravens controlled things from wire to wire. The most important thing to point out here is that the Ravens did what they were supposed to do; they handled themselves like a playoff team against a team that will be picking early in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jackson was fun to watch in this game. There were a few plays where he took off and made something happen where most quarterbacks couldn’t have. His touchdown pass to Miles Boykin was perfect.
This was also a great day for the Baltimore wide receivers, something we haven’t said a lot this season. Boykin had the beautiful touchdown catch. Marquise Brown had a very prolific game and Devin Duvernay got a little involved. The idea that the Ravens figured out things offensively is very encouraging. Encouraging really is the word of the day. Baltimore looked the part.
J.K. Dobbins was spectacular. The rushing game was close to breaking an NFL record for the most rushing yards ever in an NFL game.