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Ravens Crush Bengals 38-3, Are #5 Seed

J.K. Dobbins runs against the Bengals
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The Ravens took care of business in Week 17 in Cincinnati, defeating the Bengals by a score of 38-3. They are locked in as the AFC’s #5 seed regardless of the results of the 4 PM games, and will head to either Tennessee or Indianapolis in the Wild Card Round.

RSR staff react to the win here!

Derek Arnold

Well, that was fun, huh? There was not only not a repeat of 2017, but there wasn’t even a sniff that such a possibility could come true after about a series or two of the second half. Lamar Jackson made the right reads on runs and passes all day, Marquise Brown made up for an early drop with several catches including a touchdown, Miles Boykin continued his ascension into a viable target, and the running game…well, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards look more than ready for January football.

The defense didn’t seem to have much of a challenge, but put up great resistance against a squad that put up 37 a week ago, allowing just a single field goal (and seriously, what was Coach Taylor doing not going for it on that 4th-and-inches?) With Yannick & Jimmy back (fingers crossed), and Brandon Williams & Calais Campbell healthy again, this is a squad ready for a deep run on both sides of the ball.

Happy Festivus, Baltimore!

Adam Bonaccorsi

The Ravens didn’t leave any room for fans to be nervous in this one. History be damned, the Ravens went into today’s matchup with their heads down & went to work early to secure the win, finalizing an 11-5 season and another trip to the playoffs. I know we say this every year, but the Ravens look more focused than ever, running with momentum, and clearly on a mission.

Lamar looked fantastic (barring a tip-pick), Hollywood is getting hot, Dobbins runs like a man on fire and the offense as a whole looks stupendous of late. You wouldn’t even know they had a UDFA Center in, along with a rotation at Right Tackle. Or that Willie Snead was out.

Defensively the pressure wasn’t there much today with Yannick Ngakoue out, but the defense was still very much their usual lockdown selves, and thanks to a pair of late game picks by Marcus Peters and Chuck Clark, the Ravens defense held the Bengals to just three points for the second time this season.

We could keep gushing about this team, but it’s now reset at 0-0 as we head to the post season. Bring on the Titans and keep the Ravens Revenge Tour going.

Aidan Griesser

The Ravens absolutely dominated this game, nearly breaking the all-time record for rushing yards in a game (truthfully, I wish they would have gone for it a bit harder). Still, Baltimore goes to the playoffs for the third year in a row. Personally, I’m now a Texans fan, as I still don’t want to face Tennessee next week.

Either way, this is an extremely dangerous team that I truly believe could make a deep, deep run.

Chad Racine

Wow….again!! This team looks unstoppable right now. 404 rushing yards?  Yes, that’s the real stat. This team is having fun and poised to make a deep playoff run. It starts next week getting the monkey off their back. I really believe they are set up better than last year, but of course that remains to be seen.

Ben Dackiw

Tyler Boyd who?

Utter domination from the word go. There isn’t a single player that I think had a bad day, in a perfect tune up for next week. I was a little concerned about Sam Koch not holding for Justin Tucker, but clearly, it wasn’t an issue.

The defense looks to be back to its chippy self with Marcus Peters back in the mix, and should be even better when Yannick Ngakoue returns. Lamar Jackson and J.K. Dobbins are a ruthless combo.

One of the large factors in last years playoff loss was Mark Ingram’s injury and not having a back take his carries. That won’t be what kills the Ravens this time.

Bring me Tennessee.

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