The Ravens struck first with a one-yard touchdown run by Gus Edwards midway through the first quarter, before the Bengals answered with an 81-yard punt return score from rookie wide receiver Charlie Jones. The teams traded field goals before a second Justin Tucker kick gave the Ravens a three-point lead at the half.
Touchdown passes from Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow led to a 20-17 Ravens lead heading into the final quarter. Jackson found wide receiver Nelson Agholor to extend Baltimore's lead to 10 early in the fourth quarter, but Tee Higgins caught his second touchdown pass of the day to get the Bengals back within three points late in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens didn't give the ball back after that, though, grinding out the win on the ground.
Offensive spotlight: The story of the day was how the Ravens were more efficient than the Bengals, finding success in the passing game and on the ground, where Justice Hill, Gus Edwards and Lamar Jackson all ran for 40-plus yards. Jackson went 24-of-33 for 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air, averaging 7.2 yards per attempt.
Burrow completed 27-of-41 passes, but they went for just 222 yards, giving him a 5.4 yards per attempt average. While he did find Tee Higgins in the end zone twice for touchdowns, he also threw an interception. Ja’Marr Chase was held to 31 yards on five receptions from seven targets.
Defensive spotlight: The Ravens made plays in the secondary in this one. Safety Geno Stone, who started in place of the injured Marcus Williams, intercepted Burrow, while Ronald Darby, Rock Ya-Sin and Ar'Darius Washington all recorded pass breakups.
Rookie spotlight: Zay Flowers was once again fed the football for the Ravens, seeing five targets and one rushing attempt. The run went for just six yards, but he turned the five targets into four receptions for 62 yards and showcased his ability to make plays downfield on a 52-yard reception.
|Lamar Jackson||22.88||24 / 33||237||7.2||2||0||52||0||112.8|
|Joe Burrow||16.38||27 / 41||222||5.4||2||1||32||1||85.6|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||5.9||4||3||29||7.2||9.7||0||15|
|Irv Smith Jr.||3||4||2||10||2.5||5||0||6|