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NFL Week 6 PFF ReFocused: Baltimore Ravens 23, Cincinnati Bengals 17

Lamar Jackson ran wild in the Baltimore Ravens‘ 23-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

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Final Score

Baltimore Ravens 23, Cincinnati Bengals 17

Baltimore Ravens

Maurice Canady struggled in coverage today. He was outmatched by Auden Tate and the victim of his productive day. He was by far their most targeted defensive back on the day

While Canady struggled, Marlon Humphrey was solid all day long. The Bengals tried targeting him, and he was allowing none of it. His best play of the day came in the fourth quarter when he was targeted on a back-shoulder throw and punched the ball out at the last second

This was a day for the legs of Lamar Jackson more than his arm. He routinely glided into open space, using vicious cuts to leave Bengals defenders grasping at air. Rarely was he tasked with making any challenging throws. He instead hit wide-open men underneath on crossing routes to move the chains.

If you're going to commit to run the ball, get a back who can maximize yardage. Mark Ingram continued to show a knack for getting extra yards through his tough running, while decisively attacking holes to capitalize on strong blocking and the occasional bad gap discipline from the Bengals. There may not be many wow plays, but he was constantly getting more than his line was giving him as the Ravens dominated the time of possession.

Cincinnati Bengals

Tate seemed to be the Bengals' only offensive weapon on the day. Andy Dalton was targeting him throughout the day as the Bengals tried to come back. He came down with multiple impressive contested catches throughout the game

The Bengals went down early in this game, making Joe Mixon pretty much non-existent today. When he did get carries, the Bengals' offensive line gave him very little room to operate. He had a couple of targets in the passing game, but it was an uneventful day for the Bengals running back overall.

It started poorly for the Bengals' defense, as two simple read-option keepers seemed to suggest they were unaware of the threat Jackson posed as a runner. That continued throughout the game with them rarely able to contain the explosive Ravens quarterback, with splash plays in the running game lacking. 

After a decent start to the year, we're hearing the name of Geno Atkins called less and less. He struggled to make much of an impact against a Ravens offensive line that won the day in both the running game and especially in pass protection. Atkins wasn't alone in his struggles. No Bengals defender won their one-on-one matchups consistently.

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