The Ravens face the quintessential trap game Sunday as they face the winless Bengals coming off their biggest victory of the season.
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The Ravens (6-2) established themselves as the first legitimate AFC contender to prevent the Patriots from repeating as Super Bowl champions with an impressive 37-20 victory last Sunday night. Lamar Jackson again showed his dual-threat capabilities, totaling 224 yards and three touchdowns as Baltimore’s ground game hit its season average with 210 rushing yards.
Mark Ingram repeatedly blasted through the heart of New England’s defense and contributed 115 yards on just 15 carries, highlighted by a 53-yard dash. Jackson and Ingram have combined for 1,222 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as Baltimore maintained its two-game lead over Pittsburgh atop the AFC North.
Baltimore has won four straight games and leads the NFL in scoring at 31.4 points per game. Jackson also welcomed back rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown, who had three catches for 48 yards after missing two games with an ankle injury. The first-round pick has 24 catches for 374 yards and three TDs.
John Harbaugh's defense is also at full strength following the return of both linebacker Patrick Onwuasor and cornerback Jimmy Smith. Onwuasor, who leads the Ravens with 38 tackles, had six and a sack vs. New England, while Smith broke up a pass and had three tackles in his first action since spraining his knee in the season opener.
Cincinnati is all but mathematically assured of its fourth consecutive losing season and is now the NFL's lone winless team following Miami's Week 9 victory over the Jets. The Bengals are trying to avoid their first 0–9 start since losing their first 10 games in 1993.
The eight-game skid is also Cincinnati's longest single-season run of futility since losing 10 straight from Oct. 3-Dec. 12, 2010. The Bengals are coming off their bye week following a 24–10 loss to the Rams on Oct. 27.
First-year coach Zac Taylor used the bye to make a quarterback switch, with rookie Ryan Finley set to make his NFL debut following the benching of Andy Dalton. Finley, Cincinnati's fourth-round pick, threw for more than 11,000 yards and had 63 TD passes with North Carolina State.
Baltimore is going for a sweep of the season series after a 23–17 victory in Week 6 as the Ravens shook off Brandon Wilson returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown by scoring 17 straight first-half points to take control. Jackson had a monstrous effort with 388 total yards from scrimmage, becoming the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to have at least 200 passing yards and 150 rushing. Baltimore churned out a season-best 269 in that game.