OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow enjoys his matchups with the Ravens because they get him fired up.
He thrives off the chatter and the smack talk.
"I love playing the Ravens because they talk. I love that," he said on a Bengals podcast.
Burrow played two of his finest games against the Ravens, throwing for 941 yards with seven touchdowns.
In the Week 16 game in Cincinnati, Burrow threw for a franchise-record 525 yards and four touchdowns. With a 20-point lead and two minutes remaining, Burrow threw a 52-yard pass to Joe Mixon.
Cincinnati aggressively attacked a depleted Baltimore team even when a 41-21 victory was all but secured.
This prompted former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott to say, the Bengals "won a lifetime career ass-kicking from the Baltimore Ravens."
Cincinnati also beat the Ravens 41-17 in Week 7 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Asked about the score: Burrow replied, "It was a lot to a little."
Before the second game, Burrow took offense to comments that Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale, who said it was not necessary to double or triple team rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase like he did Packers star Davante Adams.
Martindale added: "I don’t think we’re ready to buy a gold jacket for Joe."
Over two games, Baltimore managed to sack Burrow four times.
"I usually don't start the talk, but if somebody pokes me, I can talk a little," Burrow said.
The Ravens and Bengals games will be highly-charged again this season. They play a prime-time matchup on Oct. 9 at M&T Bank Stadium.
The teams also meet in the regular-season finale that could decide the AFC North.