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Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pick & Prediction JAN 3TH 2021

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Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Recap JAN 3TH 2021

Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes and scored on a long run as the Baltimore Ravens ripped the host Cincinnati Bengals 49-13 on Sunday afternoon.

Jackson completed 15 of 17 passes for 223 yards across three quarters as the Ravens (7-2) swept the season series from Cincinnati.

The outcome ruined the NFL debut of Ryan Finley, a rookie quarterback for the Bengals.

Cincinnati (0-9), the NFL's lone winless team, didn't appear to have solved anything even as it came off an open week on the schedule.

Jackson completed his first 11 passes, two of those for touchdowns to Mark Andrews.

There was no letdown for the Ravens, who upended previously undefeated New England a week earlier.

Finley ended up 16-for-30 for 167 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He replaced Andy Dalton, who was benched after eight games, as the starter. Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon gained 114 yards on 30 carries.

Marcus Peters intercepted Finley's second-quarter pass and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown. This came after the Bengals moved 60 on 10 plays to move into scoring position.

That turnover led to the Ravens stretching their lead to 28-3.

With 26 seconds left in the quarter, Finley threw his first career touchdown pass on a 6-yard play to Tyler Eifert. That 10-play drive covered 70 yards.

Jackson extended the Baltimore advantage to 35-10 with a 47-yard touchdown run before the midway mark of the third quarter. This was set up after a fumble by Bengals running back Gio Bernard.

Another Bengals fumble led directly to a Baltimore touchdown on Tyus Bowser's 33-yard return late in the third quarter.

Earlier, the Ravens scored two first-quarter touchdowns, with Jackson connecting with Andrews for a 2-yard pass for the first points. Running back Mark Ingram ran 1 yard for the next score.

After a 42-yard field goal by Randy Bullock put the Bengals on the board, the Ravens went back to work. Jackson threw 17 yards to Andrews for the next touchdown.

--Field Level Media

The Baltimore Ravens will look to punch their ticket for a third straight trip to the playoffs with a win Sunday over host Cincinnati, which has won two straight games.

The Ravens (10-5) clinch a spot in the AFC playoffs by beating the Bengals (4-10-1), or if the Cleveland Browns (10-5) lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3), or via a loss by the Indianapolis Colts (10-5) to the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-14).

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The Ravens could also get in with a tie, if the Dolphins (10-5) lose to the Buffalo Bills (11-3) or if the Tennessee Titans (10-5) lose to the Houston Texans (4-11). If the Ravens and the Colts or Browns also tie, the Ravens would advance.

"You try not to look too far elsewhere, but we control our own fate, and that's a great feeling," Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said. "We're just trying to get better and win this game, and the cards will fall how they fall."

The Bengals are seeking to end the season on a three-game winning streak by defeating the Ravens for the first time in five meetings dating back to a 34-23 win in Cincinnati on Sept. 13, 2018.

The Ravens, who are coming off a victory over the New York Giants on Sunday, have won four straight games to control their postseason destiny.

"Obviously, we still have another one that we have to win," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "So, we're still in the process of trying to finish this thing out the right way and get into the playoffs."

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Lamar Jackson has fueled the Ravens' surge, throwing for 2,644 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also rushed for a team-high 908 yards and seven touchdowns, leading a rushing attack that also features Gus Edwards (663 yards, six TDs) and rookie J.K. Dobbins (645 yards, seven TDs).

The Ravens are the only team in the NFL history -- based on data since 1932 -- with three players who have rushed for at least 600 yards and six touchdowns in a season.

The Bengals have played their two best games of the season in consecutive weeks, following a 27-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 with a 37-31 win at Houston on Sunday.

Quarterback Brandon Allen threw for a career-high 371 yards, two touchdowns and a 126.5 passer rating against the Texans.

Tee Higgins, who is questionable for Sunday's game (hamstring), had six catches for 99 yards and a score and Samaje Perine added 13 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns as Cincinnati posted 540 yards of total offense. Perine will start against the Ravens after head coach Zac Taylor said Joe Mixon, the team's leading rusher with 428 yards, remains sidelined with a foot injury suffered in Week 6.

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Allen was forced into action after Joe Burrow, the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, tore his left ACL and MCL and also suffered partial tears to his PCL and meniscus during a 20-9 loss to Washington on Nov. 22.

"Winning two games in a row is really insignificant in this NFL, but it is significant for us right now, just everybody seeing what we've been through," Taylor told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It means a lot to these guys and something to build off of."

The Ravens had nine players sit out practice Wednesday including receiver Willie Snead (ankle), defensive backs Jimmy Smith (ribs, shoulder), Marcus Peters (calf) and Marlon Humphrey (shoulder), running back Mark Ingram (illness) and defensive end Calais Campbell (calf). Punter Sam Koch was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and his availability for Sunday's game is unclear.

Cincinnati linebackers Logan Wilson (ankle) and Jordan Evans (hamstring), receiver Tyler Boyd (concussion) and center B.J. Finney (abdomen) all missed practice Wednesday after not playing against the Texans last week.

--Field Level Media

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Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Player Position Lineup
Anthony Averett primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Tyus Bowser primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Miles Boykin primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Bradley Bozeman primary: Left Guard Starter
Orlando Brown Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Marquise Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chuck Clark primary: Strong Safety Starter
Gus Edwards primary: Runningback Starter
DeShon Elliott primary: Free Safety Starter
L.J. Fort primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Marlon Humphrey primary: Defensive Back Starter
Lamar Jackson primary: Quarterback Starter
Marcus Peters primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Ben Powers primary: Right Guard Starter
Patrick Ricard primary: Fullback Starter
Brandon Williams primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Calais Campbell primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Patrick Queen primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Devin Duvernay primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trystan Colon-Castillo primary: Center Starter
D.J. Fluker primary: Right Tackle Starter
Pernell McPhee primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Mark Andrews primary: Tight End Substitution
Chris Board primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Morgan Cox primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jaylon Ferguson primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Justice Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Mark Ingram II primary: Runningback Substitution
Matthew Judon primary: Linebacker Substitution
Matt Skura primary: Center Substitution
Justin Tucker primary: Kicker Substitution
Jihad Ward primary: Defensive End Substitution
Anthony Levine Sr. primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Chris Moore primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Derek Wolfe primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.K. Dobbins primary: Runningback Substitution
Justin Madubuike primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Malik Harrison primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Tyre Phillips primary: Guard Substitution
Ben Bredeson primary: Guard Substitution
Tyler Huntley primary: Quarterback Substitution
Kristian Welch primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Johnny Townsend primary: Punter Substitution
Jordan Richards primary: Safety Substitution
Dez Bryant primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tramon Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Nate Brooks primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Eric Tomlinson primary: Tight End Substitution
Justin Ellis primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Patrick Mekari primary: Guard Not active
Willie Snead IV primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Jimmy Smith primary: Cornerback Not active
Broderick Washington primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
James Proche II primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Yannick Ngakoue primary: Defensive End Not active
Player Position Lineup
Jessie Bates III primary: Safety Starter
Giovani Bernard primary: Halfback Starter
A.J. Green primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Bobby Hart primary: Right Tackle Starter
Trey Hopkins primary: Center Starter
Sam Hubbard primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Fred Johnson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Carl Lawson primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Darius Phillips primary: Cornerback Starter
Germaine Pratt primary: Linebacker Starter
Drew Sample primary: Tight End Starter
Xavier Su'a-Filo primary: Left Guard Starter
Vonn Bell primary: Safety Starter
LeShaun Sims primary: Cornerback Starter
Josh Bynes primary: Linebacker Starter
Tee Higgins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Akeem Davis-Gaither primary: Linebacker Starter
Samaje Perine primary: Halfback Starter
Brandon Allen primary: Quarterback Starter
Christian Covington primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Xavier Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Quinton Spain primary: Right Guard Starter
Tyler Boyd primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Cethan Carter primary: Tight End Substitution
Alex Erickson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jordan Evans primary: Linebacker Substitution
Clark Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kevin Huber primary: Punter Substitution
Michael Jordan primary: Guard Substitution
Stanley Morgan Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Billy Price primary: Center Substitution
Mason Schreck primary: Tight End Substitution
Shawn Williams primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Trayveon Williams primary: Halfback Substitution
Brandon Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Tony Brown primary: Cornerback Substitution
Khalid Kareem primary: Defensive End Substitution
Hakeem Adeniji primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Markus Bailey primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Amani Bledsoe primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kahlil McKenzie primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Keandre Jones primary: Linebacker Substitution
Austin Seibert primary: Kicker Substitution
Margus Hunt primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jalen Davis primary: Cornerback Substitution
Randy Bullock primary: Kicker Not active
Ryan Finley primary: Quarterback Did not play
William Jackson III primary: Cornerback Not active
Mackensie Alexander primary: Cornerback Not active
Logan Wilson primary: Linebacker Not active
Mitchell Wilcox primary: Tight End Not active
Winston Rose primary: Cornerback Did not play
Keaton Sutherland primary: Guard Not active
Alex Redmond primary: Guard Not active

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 43 Yards
    • Passer: Lamar Jackson
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
    • Pass Receiver: Miles Boykin
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 34 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Austin Seibert
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 18 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Marquise Brown
    • Passer: Lamar Jackson
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 72 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
    • Rusher: J.K. Dobbins
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
    • Passer: Lamar Jackson
    • Pass Receiver: Marquise Brown
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 4 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
    • Rusher: J.K. Dobbins
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Buffalo L 3 - 17
  • @Tennessee W 20 - 13
  • @Cincinnati W 38 - 3
  • N.Y. Giants W 13 - 27
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 40
  • @Cleveland W 47 - 42
  • Dallas W 17 - 34
  • @Pittsburgh L 14 - 19
  • Tennessee L 30 - 24
  • @New England L 17 - 23
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Baltimore L 38 - 3
  • @Houston W 37 - 31
  • Pittsburgh W 17 - 27
  • Dallas L 30 - 7
  • @Miami L 7 - 19
  • N.Y. Giants L 19 - 17
  • @Washington L 9 - 20
  • @Pittsburgh L 10 - 36
  • Tennessee W 20 - 31
  • Cleveland L 37 - 34

Last Meetings

  • Ravens @ Bengals 38-3
  • Bengals @ Ravens 3-27
  • Ravens @ Bengals 49-13
  • Bengals @ Ravens 17-23
  • Bengals @ Ravens 21-24
  • Ravens @ Bengals 23-34
  • Bengals @ Ravens 31-27
  • Ravens @ Bengals 20-0
  • Ravens @ Bengals 10-27
  • Bengals @ Ravens 14-19

Last Injuries

Baltimore Ravens

  • Davontae Harris

    Thigh
    Ques Sat | I-R

    Harris has been moved to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a thigh injury, and the team will have three weeks to activate him.

  • Lamar Jackson

    Concussion
    day-to-day | out

    Jackson left Saturday's game to be evaluated for a concussion, and he will not return.

  • D.J. Fluker

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Fluker is nursing a knee injury, leaving his status for the AFC divisional round against the Bills clouded.

  • Marcus Peters

    Back
    Prob Sat | probable

    Peters is managing a back injury, but he will likely face the Bills in the AFC divisional round.

  • Za'Darius Smith

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Smith has injuries to his ankle and thumb, and it is unknown if he will be a play against the Rams in the NFC divisional round.

  • Ben Bredeson

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bredeson will spend an extended period on the injured reserve list due to an unspecified injury.

  • Jimmy Smith

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is tending to shoulder and rib injuries, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Titans in the AFC Wild Card game.

  • D.J. Fluker

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Fluker has an injured knee, and it is undetermined if he will suit up against the Titans in the AFC Wild Card game.