Lamar Jackson threw two landing passes within the second quarter for the Baltimore Ravens Beat Cincinnati 34-20 Thursday night time after the Bengals misplaced their star quarterback Joe Burrow to a wrist harm.
The AFC North-leading Ravens (8-3) accomplished a head-to-head sweep of Cincinnati (5-5) and took a 2.5-game lead over the Bengals, who’re final within the division. And that is not Cincinnati’s solely drawback. Burrow left within the second quarter after throwing a landing move and was unable to return.
The Bengals took a 10-7 lead after Burrow’s four-yard scoring toss to Joe Mixon, however the Ravens answered when Jackson’s move over the center bounced off linebacker Jermaine Brate and straight to receiver Nelson Agholor, who caught the ball in stride and trickled in. 37-yard landing with a rollover into the tip zone.
Jackson threw a 10-yard TD move to Rashod Pittman with 23 seconds left within the first half to provide Baltimore a 21-10 lead.
Jake Browning, a 27-year-old backup who performed in only one NFL recreation, got here on for Burrow and was capable of information the Bengals to a discipline purpose to begin the second half. However that was all he may handle till he threw a two-yard landing move to Ja’Marr Chase with 1:08 remaining within the recreation.
Jackson threw for 264 yards regardless of shedding one in every of his prime targets, Mark Andrews, to an ankle harm on the primary drive of the sport.
Gus Edwards bookended Baltimore’s day offensively with two three-yard landing runs — the previous making the rating 7-0 and the latter 34-13.
Cincinnati has received the division the previous two years, when accidents final season saved Jackson out for the Ravens. This yr Jackson has been capable of keep wholesome — he entered the medical tent after showing to undergo a foot or ankle harm within the first quarter Thursday however stayed within the recreation — and Baltimore’s AFC North rivals are those coping with well being points at quarterback.
Cleveland, which received in Baltimore final weekend to maneuver inside a half-game of first place, misplaced Deshaun Watson this season attributable to a damaged shoulder. Burrow is now coping with one other harm after experiencing a calf drawback earlier this season.
The Ravens had 5 sacks, rising their league-leading sack whole to 44.