Bengals lose in blowout fashion to Ravens in Week 10
The Cincinnati Bengals didn't have much to play for prior to facing the Ravens on Sunday. However, that doesn't mean we didn't want to see any signs of life.
Ryan Finley made his first start for Cincinnati in a game that wasn't projected to be a close contest. However, things turned out much worse than Bengals fans were anticipating. After suffering through four quarters of action, Cincinnati fell to Baltimore with a score of 49-13.
The Ravens were one of the hottest teams in the league prior to coming to Cincinnati this week. After putting up 37 points in a 17-point win over the New England Patriots, John Harbaugh's team continued their dominance against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Things went poorly right from the gate for the Bengals. They allowed a 75-yard touchdown drive on just five plays of the game. They followed things up with a quick three-and-out on offense.
The Ravens scored a touchdown on every drive in the first half of the game, and they continued that trend until backup quarterback, Robert Griffin III, threw an interception to Jessie Bates halfway through the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, the game was essentially over after the first quarter of play.
While Zac Taylor was hoping to create a spark by making a switch at quarterback, Finley wasn't exactly impressive in his first start. He struggled to move the ball consistently and finished with just 167 yards on 30 attempts with 1 touchdown 1 interception.
Surprisingly, the one bright spot on the Bengals in Week 10 was the running game. Joe Mixon and the company got off to good start and they continued to be successful on the ground throughout the game. Cincinnati finished with 157 yards on nearly 4.0 yards per carry on the ground against the Ravens.
In the end, their efforts were futile, as the Bengals were dominated in every phase of the game. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are a very good football team, but this game showed just how far the Bengals are from being competitive. Still the only winless team in the NFL, Cincinnati is on the fast track to receiving the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.