Ravens: 3 positive takeaways from Baltimore’s disappointing Week 7 loss

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The Baltimore Ravens started their season off with a tough loss, and they’ll head into their Week 8 bye with another tough loss. Really, it’s a nice, healthy reality check.

Baltimore got curb-stomped by the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, losing 41-17 in a game that couldn’t end quickly enough.

What on Earth happened?

The Ravens were set to go 6-1 for the first time in franchise history, and history, after all, was on their side.

Jackson has owned an immaculate record against Cincinnati ever since he joined the Ravens, and with the 2019 league MVP in prime form, the Ravens seemed like written-off favorites in this crucial division matchup.

That is, until they weren’t. Quarter after quarter, the Ravens got thumped by the undisputed underdogs of the NFL season so far: the Cincinnati Bengals.

While Ravens coaches can have a field day (or week) rewatching game tape, there were a handful of positive takeaways from the crushing defeat as well. Some players naturally shined more than others and deserve to be recognized for their small but mighty feats this game.

Besides, the football world is currently losing it over the Kansas City Chiefs’ even uglier defeat to the Tennessee Titans this week. The Ravens might just be able to slip by this week unnoticed…

One bad game does not make Patrick Mahomes (or Lamar Jackson, for that matter) a bad quarterback, just like one bad game does not make the Ravens a bad team.

Baltimore remains well-positioned for the playoffs and barring any catastrophic injures or repeat meltdowns, the Ravens still have plenty to look forward to this season.

Here were the brightest spots from Baltimore’s loss to the Bengals in Week 7.