2. Brandon Stephens was shut down for the Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens were going to be without Marlon Humphrey in this game. So, they had options to replace him, but none were great with Ja’Marr Chase coming to town.
They decided to start Ronald Darby and played until the third quarter. Rock Ya-Sin committed a bad pass interference and did not see the field after that. The Ravens turned to Jalyn Armour-Davis late in the game, which was a surprise.
With the Ravens rotating on one-side, they decided to ask Brandon Stephens to follow Ja’Marr Chase for most of the night. When the Bengals got Chase in the slot, he did not follow, but the Ravens would play sides based on where Chase was.
Chase scored a touchdown in garbage time, and you can say that the Burrow injury changed things, but if you watched the game from the Next Gent Stats angle on Prime Vision, you know that Stephens was locking Chase down.
The Ravens have done much better on Chase with Mike MacDonald than Wink Martindale. It is performances like this one from Stephens that have made that happen, as he has now had two straight solid performances against Cincinnati.