After Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s first loss to the Cincinnati Bengals as a starter on Sunday afternoon, all he could say was “damn, bruh.”
The Ravens’ 41-17 defeat at home was not only their worst loss since Jackson took over as the starter in 2018, but it was the first time they’ve allowed that many points since 2013, when they lost to the New England Patriots, 41-7. According to ESPN, the Bengals’ point total was the second-most the Ravens have allowed in series history, and the loss also marked the seventh time the Ravens allowed 41 points or more at home.
“We just move on,” said Jackson, who is now 5-1 against Cincinnati. “They played a great game. I feel like our guys played a great game as well, a little bit, here and there. But they got the ‘W.’ We’re going to go into next week, [and] we’re going to work, see where we messed up when we watched the film and [just] move on.”
A week after the Ravens’ secondary limited Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow had a career-high 416 passing yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
The Bengals are just the second team ever to score 40 or more points and gain 400 or more passing yards against the Ravens, according to Pro Football Reference.
Through seven games, the Ravens have allowed 2,073 passing yards, the worst mark in franchise history. They are the third team ever to allow three 400-yard passers in the first seven games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, as Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 435 yards in Week 1, while the Indianapolis Colts’ Carson Wentz had 402 yards in Week 5.
“That’s how the National Football League works. It’s always week to week; it’s always game to game,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “There never is any running narrative; it just doesn’t exist. You have to come out and play your best every week, and we did not play our best — far from it. That’s what happened.”
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The Bengals dominated on both sides of the ball. Cincinnati recorded five sacks and seven quarterback hits throughout the afternoon. According to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, the Bengals generated a 48.9% pressure rate, the team’s highest in the past two seasons.
Bengals defensive linemen Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi combined for 24 pressures, making Cincinnati the ninth team in the Next Gen Stats era to have three players finish with seven or more pressures.
“For certain plays, they just played great defense,” Jackson said. “But we left some points out there on the field, for sure. They did a great job today.”
Bateman looks comfortable
Through two games, Ravens rookie receiver Rashod Bateman has looked more comfortable since returning from a groin injury that kept him sidelined through the first five weeks.
Bateman received extended playing time Sunday and delivered. The Ravens’ first-round draft pick from Minnesota had 80 receiving yards on three receptions while averaging 16 yards per catch.
All of Bateman’s seven catches this season have produced first downs. Bateman’s best play of the game came at the 14:13 mark of the third quarter when he hauled in a 35-yard pass from Jackson.
“I am getting more comfortable week by week and day by day as I go to work with my teammates,” Bateman said. “But today, I did feel more comfortable. I’m psyched to get out there, but we have to bounce back now.”
- A week after former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott questioned Marquise “Hollywood” Brown’s ability to be a starting receiver on other NFL teams, Brown answered with an impressive 39-yard diving touchdown grab in the third quarter. With the Ravens trailing 13-10 early in the third quarter, Jackson threw the ball to the back of the end zone where Brown was able to drag his left toe just before sliding out of bounds. According to Next Gen Stats, there was a 24.8% chance of Brown making the catch. “Just try to get in bounds,” said Brown, who had 80 receiving yards and a touchdown on five receptions. “I knew I was close to the back end line, so I was just trying to stay in bounds.”
- Ravens veteran outside linebacker Justin Houston recorded four quarterback hits and two total tackles. Those were the most quarterback hits Houston recorded in a single game since 2019 when he was a member of the Colts. The 32-year-old has 99 ½ career sacks, and will soon join Von Miller, Chandler Jones and J.J. Watt as the only active players with 100.