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The Bengals defeated the decimated Ravens, 41-21, in Cincinnati in Week 16. RSR staff react to the loss here.

Derek Arnold

This game went like we expected last week’s game to go. At least it wasn’t another heartbreaker. Between the injuries, the Covid positives – and subsequent inability to “test out” like so many players on other teams did – and then every single break on the field going to opponents lately, it’s become glaringly obvious that this just isn’t the Ravens’ year.

Josh Johnson played adequately, but it was clear that it wouldn’t have mattered if Tyler Huntley or Lamar Jackson or Johnny Unitas lined up at quarterback for Baltimore today. With that secondary – which proceeded to lose Anthony Averett and Tavon Young during the game – there was no stopping Cincy’s aerial onslaught.

Darin McCann

The string of defying the odds and performing as a worthy foe came to a crashing halt, as the Bengals‘ dangerous pass game took advantage of an outclassed Ravens defensive backfield.

Surprised?

It feels like the best unit on this team right now is the receiving group. How weird is that to read, Ravens fans?

The good guys need a massive return of healthy bodies and must win both of their last two games to even have a chance at the playoffs. Meh.

Chad Racine

Did anyone really expect anything different? We just didn’t know how bad it was it going to be. We have our answer and it’s time to move on. If the Ravens don’t get back several players then this season is over.

Nikhil Mehta

It was fun…for about a quarter. Until the Bengals started to flex on the Ravens’ practice squad defense. Not a whole lot else to say here, other than reminding everyone that the players and coaches still gave it their all.

Onto the Rams!

Rob Shields

Josh Johnson played well but this went about as expected. Not really upset about this outcome. Worst thing today was the rib injury for Averett.  Have to see how that is as the week goes on.

The Ravens, in a lot of ways, control their own destiny. We will have to see how things go health wise but I still like their chances to win out if they can get healthy. It seems likely that 10 wins gets them into the playoffs as the 7th seed. That’s the focus now.

And by the way, Cinci has KC and Cleveland left. It’s not a forgone conclusion that they win this division.

Kevin McNelis

There’s a scene in Pirates of the Caribbean in which Davy Jones asks the marooned sailors, “Do you feel dead?”

I feel dead. More accurately, this team feels dead. I didn’t expect much, and admittedly the offense looked better than I thought, but there’s no way around it: the Bengals offense moved at will and kicked the crap out of us.

Here’s hoping we can show some life down the stretch, or at the very least, get some better draft positioning. Here’s to Mark Andrews honing in on the franchise record for receiving yards in a single season. Onto the next one.

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