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Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey led a strong effort from the Baltimore secondary. Peters, of course, made the splashiest play of the day, jumping a Ryan Finley pass late in the second quarter and taking it to the house. Humphrey saw more passes come his direction, but he forced multiple incompletions and allowed little into his coverage.
The most notable pass-rush of the day actually came from a fullback, as Patrick Ricard not only recorded a sack but also forced a fumble on that sack that was scooped up by teammate Tyus Bowser and returned for a touchdown. It was a play that highlighted just how things went in this game for the Ravens.
Lamar Jackson could do little wrong against the lowly Bengals defense. Only a single aimed pass attempt hit the turf (he had one spike), as he was accurate to all levels of the field and made good use of his trio of tight ends. Jackson also led the team in rushing, adding 65 yards on seven carries, including an electric 47-yard score in which he made multiple Cincinnati defenders miss.
Baltimore’s tight end trio of Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst were the primary beneficiaries through the air, as they gave the middle of the Cincinnati defense problems all game. The group combined for 12 receptions, nine of which converted for either a first down or touchdown.
Joe Mixon was the only player who managed much of anything positive on the offensive side of the ball for the Bengals in this game. He saw a heavy workload, getting 30 carries and adding a pair of receptions, ultimately accounting for just shy of half of Cincinnati’s total offensive production.
Finley's first start was one to forget. The rookie signal-caller struggled throughout, managing just 167 yards on 31 attempts while largely keeping the ball underneath – he failed to complete a single pass that traveled more than 15 yards in the air. He put the ball in harm’s way on several occasions, punctuated by an ugly pick-six thrown to Peters late in the second quarter to put the game firmly out of reach.
While the cornerbacks on the outside were rarely tested, it was a rough outing for a large portion of the underneath coverage of the Bengals pass defense, as they were taken to the woodshed by Baltimore’s tight ends. One of the few positive plays from Cincinnati’s linebackers and safeties was an interception by Jessie Bates III, but even that came in garbage time late while Robert Griffin III was at the helm for Baltimore.