The Ravens broke their home losing streak and took control of the AFC North with a 19-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football.
Justin Tucker kicked the game-winning 43-yard FG as time expired.
RSR staff react to the win here.
I don’t want to get all “screw the analytics” here, but I was absolutely OK with kicking the FG on fourth-and-inches inside the 5-yard line there, and the way it played out showed why. I assume the Bengals will score a touchdown, as of course they did, and since you banked those three, now you only need a FG to win it. I get it: you SHOULD be able to get a few inches there when you need to. Just at this point, we’ve seen enough of the other approach.
Lamar Jackson was a bit off, missing on open would-be touchdown passes to Devin Duvernay and Tylan Wallace. Wallace looked like he slowed up a bit just as the ball was thrown, but it was still a bad miss. When it was clutch time though, Jackson moved his team into FG range, with quick passes to Mark Andrews and with his own legs.
Credit the Ravens defense for holding Cincinnati to 17 points. Marcus Peters played like a man on a mission. Patrick Queen finally caught an interception! Credit the refs for ushering the Bengals down the field every chance they got.
Credit Greg Roman for finding creative ways to get Duvernay involved. Credit Justin Tucker for being the GOAT. Credit Ronnie Stanley for…getting on the field, I guess? Where was he on the final drive though? Where was JK Dobbins? Those questions, along with the status of Marcus Williams going forward, will be on our minds tomorrow. For now, let’s finally enjoy another home win, and one over the defending AFC champs who embarrassed us last year.
You wouldn’t BELIEVE the sigh of relief that I just let out. Well, if you were watching the game, too, maybe you would.
J Tuck is as clutch as they come, but with as much bad juju that’s been around this team for the last couple of weeks, I was still sweating. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win, and I’ll take it. I’m sure the coaching staff will, too, since it snaps a five-game home losing streak, AND marks the first one-possession game they’ve won in the last EIGHT such scenarios.
The officiating was trash. At times, both units sputtered. But it doesn’t matter. Putting the dagger in this game as time expired made it just a little bit sweeter, since this time, it wasn’t happening to us.
It’s good to have a GOAT, especially when you absolutely, positively needed to have a clutch kick made to break a home-field curse and take a seat the head of the AFC North hierarchy. Justin Tucker is solid gold.
Lamar Jackson did not have a sharp game, but he took the opportunity at the end of the game to get his team into position to win, and he delivered. It also helped to have Mark Andrews on your side in that second half.
This was a very good defensive effort against a very good team that the Ravens will be competing against for years. Was it perfect? No. But they generally tackled well, they got decent pressure on passing reps that lasted longer than .7 seconds and they made big plays throughout the game.
This wasn’t the cleanest win of the year, but it was a good one. With a sharper performance, they could have won this one going away. That’s encouraging when you can still get a big win on a difficult night.
This was close to a must-win for the Ravens and they got it done.
The defense, which played a lot better last week than people realized, played very well tonight against the pass. Humphrey locked down Chase, after Chase beat him bad last year.
Both offenses were definitely hampered by missing key WR (Bateman and Higgins).
Lamar didn’t play well and missed multiple easy TDs on the same drive and I feel if he plays better, the Ravens win easy.
I also felt that Harbaugh made the wrong decision kicking that FG but luckily it didn’t come back to hurt them.
Now we wait to see how bad the wrist injury is for Williams, and hold our breath that it’s not too bad.
Am I the only one who thought this game felt like an old school Ravens-Steelers game? The Bengals are the new big rival I suppose. This game felt heavy and intense. It was obviously a revenge game. You could feel it.
The Ravens won the game on a last second field goal from Justin Tucker. The greatest kicker of all time did it again.
Let’s praise the defense for holding Cincy to 17 points, under 300 yards, and 4-for-10 on third downs. They also had a huge stop on fourth-and-goal. Yes, the Bengals took the lead with less than two minutes to go, but this defense put in the work. It was their best outing of the season. Any time you hold a quality opponent under 20 points you get a gold star from me.
Marcus Peters had a huge game. The Bengals receivers were mostly held in check. Ja’Marr Chase only had 50 yards. That’s huge for a defense that made Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill look unstoppable a few weeks ago. This defense is far from perfect, though this was a huge stride forward.
Lamar Jackson didn’t make the throws he needed to. He missed two wide open receivers back to back which led to a turnover on downs. He had a irresponsible interception. The offense had some guys step up. It was a vintage Mark Andrews game. It was a great game by J.K. Dobbins and Devin Duvernay.
Seeing Ronnie Stanley back in the action was huge. He rotated snaps with Pat Mekari. The Ravens played it safe. The fact that Stanley looked like the better tackle is encouraging. Stanley could be a big difference maker for the offensive line. It’s early in his return but there’s reason for optimism with the no longer missing from action number 79.
It wasn’t pretty but it was the best team win of the season. The Ravens are in first place and they finished a tight game with a win. First place in the AFC North, not too shabby.
If you don’t think Tucker is the greatest of all time then I would like to hear your reasoning. I fear what this team will be once he retires because he just takes over games.
The Ravens, offense specifically Lamar, looked really rough and he missed three wide open plays today. He did clutch up on that last drive but he needs to be better. Duvernay looked great though and Andrews was awesome. Shoutout to the o line especially Stanley who looked great tonight. The pitch count thing still makes me angry and frustrated though.
Zac Taylor is also a fraud. That was one of the worst play calling situations on the goal line I have ever seen, and the media should rip him apart. I love the fact that the Super Bowl appearance will probably keep him in Cincinnati for a while.
Overall kind of a frustrating game, but they got the W.
Once again it’s a reminder that it’s a week-to-week league. I was prepared for the Harbaugh haters to turn around and say he should have went for the 4th down this time. Luckily it all worked out in the end, thanks to the offense and the goat Tucker.
I loved seeing how involved Duvernay was this game. I feel like he’s being used like he’s supposed to be. While he may not be the most technical nuanced route runner he still possesses elite speed and hands. To top that off he’s built like a running back and has a physical presence not often found in receivers.
Next week should be quite a game to face the surprisingly good Giants. Wink seems to be doing well.