The Bengals took the lead with 5:49 left in the first half on a four-yard pass from Joe Burrow to Joe Mixon, but the Ravens answered back with a 37-yard touchdown from Nelson Agholor, who reacted to a tipped pass to take it to the house. They would score again before the half, with Lamar Jackson finding Rashod Bateman in the end zone to cap a penalty-laden drive.
Backup quarterback Jake Browning led the Bengals downfield on a drive that ended in a 26-yard field goal from Evan McPherson to open the third quarter, but the Ravens answered back with Justin Tucker converting a 25-yard field goal to make it 24-13.
Tucker would be good on a 47-yard field goal late in the third quarter to put the Ravens up by two touchdowns, and then Gus Edwards made it 31-13 from three yards out. The Bengals eventually made it 34-21 on a two-yard touchdown pass from Browning to Ja’Marr Chase.
Offensive spotlight: Injuries were the story of the game, with quarterback Joe Burrow leaving the game in the second quarter after being unable to grip the ball. It came after their best drive of the night. Burrow went 11-of-17 for 101 yards and a touchdown in his time on the field.
The Ravens lost tight end Mark Andrews at the end of an opening drive where he had caught two passes for 23 yards, while Lamar Jackson picked up an ankle injury that didn’t force him out but did limit him during the game. Both teams hope the mini-bye week gained by playing on Thursday Night Football helps them both have a shot at playing next week.
Defensive spotlight: Ravens edge defender Odafe Oweh registered his fourth sack in five games since returning from injury, continuing what has been a career year for him in his third season in the league. Their defensive backs made some plays, too, with safeties Marcus Williams and Kyle Hamilton recording two pass breakups each and cornerback Ronald Darby recording three.
Rookie spotlight: Zay Flowers officially had 43 yards on three catches from four targets, but that doesn’t include the 68-yard touchdown reception he had on a screen pass that was ruled out for a questionable holding penalty on Odell Beckham Jr.
Flowers is a huge part of this Ravens offense, and they continue to get him more involved in the passing game further downfield as the season wears on.
|Jake Browning||10.72||8 / 14||68||4.9||1||0||3||93.8|
|Joe Burrow||8.74||11 / 17||101||5.9||1||0||2||100.4|
|Lamar Jackson||23.96||16 / 26||264||10.2||2||0||3||121.3|
|Irv Smith Jr.||0.00||1||0||0||0.0||0.0||0|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||18.60||7||4||116||16.6||29.0||0|