3. Lamar Jackson plays well against the Cincinnati Bengals
As we noted, the Baltimore Ravens are 2-0 against the Cincinnati Bengals when Lamar Jackson is the quarterback and Mike MacDonald is the defensive coordinator. While MacDonald has the stats to prove his impact, Jackson has a longer history of consistently beating the Bengals.
Lou Anarumo gets a lot of praise as the Bengals DC, and he does a good job, but he has not been able to hold down Lamar Jackson. Jackson is 6-1 when he starts against a Lou Anarumo defense.
His stats are not elite, but he completes 62% of his passes and has 12 touchdowns to three interceptions. He also averages 7.1 yards per attempt, which is just below his career rate.
His 6% touchdown rate and 1.5% interception rate are up from 5.7% and down from 2.2%, which hare his career numbers. He finds ways to have success against this defense.
This Bengals defense may be one of the worst he has faced in about three years. They lost both Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell and are feeling that impact. They also may be missing both Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard. This is devastating. Lamar Jackson has to have a typical Jackson game against Cincinnati and walk away with another win.