Lamar Jackson went into Sunday 3-0 as a starting quarterback against the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s still unbeaten against the Bengals.
Baltimore jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half and never looked back.
Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Bengals 27-3 on Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.
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“We certainly know that Baltimore is a great team. We expected better from our performance today. We know that today wasn’t good enough,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “You give them a lead early, and you show that you are going to give up some pressure, and that is what they feed off of, and that is what they did today.”
The Ravens’ blitz-happy defense made Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow actually play like a rookie for the first time all season. Burrow and the Cincinnati offense struggled mightily versus the Baltimore D.
Cincinnati had three turnovers in the loss, including a fumble by wide receiver Mike Thomas that was returned 44 yards for a touchdown by Ravens rookie linebacker Patrick Queen.
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Here’s what we learned in the Week 5 AFC North battle:
The Bengals offense had a difficult time containing the Ravens pressure. Burrow and the Bengals went into Sunday knowing Baltimore dials up the blitz almost more than any other team in the league, and it didn’t matter.
Burrow was under duress for most of the first half. He was sacked three times and hit 10 in the first half alone.
It didn’t get too much easier for the rookie quarterback in the second half as Baltimore continued to bring down the No. 1 overall pick. Burrow was sacked seven times and Baltimore had 15 QB hits in the Week 5 loss.
The constant pressure forced Burrow into two turnovers. He had an interception and a lost fumble in the first half. Burrow fumbled once more in the third quarter, but Cincinnati was able to keep possession.
Burrow and the entire deserve a share of the blame for their lack of execution against the blitz. The rookie QB held on to the football too long at times, blockers were confused where the blitz was coming from and sometimes blockers simply lost one-on-one battles.
“They were bringing a lot of different blitz looks. They brought some zero. I personally didn’t handle it very well,” Burrow said. “One positive on the day is our defense played really, really well. They played their tails off for us. We just got to give them a better showing on the offensive end.”
The Bengals had a season-low 205 total yards on offense.
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Baltimore routinely blitzed the Bengals on third downs throughout the game. The Bengals were 1-for-8 on third downs in the first half. Cincinnati finished the game just 3 of 16 on third downs.
The offense was out of sync all day. Cincy’s offense had seven first downs, seven punts and had given up seven sacks at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Cincinnati finished the game with 12 total first downs, most coming in garbage time.
“We didn’t do a good enough job on first and second downs to put us in manageable third downs. When you get to third and seven plus on these guys, they are gonna tee off on you,” Taylor said. “They probably have the highest blitz percentage of any team in the league on third and long. We knew that going in. We wanted to do our best to stay out of it, but didn’t do a good enough job there for a myriad of reasons.”
The offense never found a rhythm in the loss. The Bengals had just one scoring drive and that came on their final possession.
On the other side, the Ravens offense was 7 of 15 on third downs.
The Bengals had three turnovers in Baltimore. Burrow had two of them, an interception and a lost fumble. The Ravens scored 14 points off the sudden change of possession, one of them was a back-breaking fumble recovery and return by Queen in the fourth quarter when Thomas had the football punched out.
“It was a frustrating day. We didn’t win. We didn’t play well,” Burrow said. “We’ll get it right.”
Cincinnati’s lost the turnover battle in two of its three losses.
Frustrating day for A.J. Green
Green injured his hamstring in the second half and did not return. The veteran wide receiver had zero catches in the loss. He was targeted just once.
“It hurt a lot. He’s our leader (and) he’s our role model,” Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said. “I hope that heals quickly and we get him next week.”
D.J. Reader injury
Reader sustained a quad injury in the loss. The Bengals defensive tackle’s injury is likely going to cost him the rest of the season, a source told The Enquirer.
“Obviously, that’s a huge blow for the defense,” Bengals safety Jessie Bates said postgame. “When stuff like this happens it creates opportunities for other guys to come in and make an impact. We’re going to be praying for DJ and hopefully he can have a speedy recovery and whoever is next up has to play well just like DJ has.”
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Analysis: Baltimore Ravens defense roughs up Joe Burrow in 27-3 win over Cincinnati Bengals