(CTN News) – Despite Joe Burrow’s injured throwing wrist, and Cam Taylor-Britt’s injured quad, the Bengals lost 34-20 to the Ravens in Thursday night’s AFC showdown.
Zac Taylor, the head coach, called it a sprained wrist after Burrow apparently landed on it.
The Ravens, now 8-3, couldn’t escape. After suffering an ankle injury early in the game, quarterback Lamar Jackson needed his left ankle heavily taped in the medical tent after being tackled by Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson.
As a result of their loss, the Bengals fell to 5-5 and suffered the majority of the injuries. Five minutes and 49 seconds left in the first half, Burrow passed to Joe Mixon for a four-yard touchdown.
It gave the Bengals a 10-7 lead, but Jackson did not miss a snap as the Ravens went on a 20-3 binge after Burrow’s injury. After the TD pass, Burrow bent to his knees and tried to flex his wrist after falling on it before, perhaps on the play right before.
At 2:20 left in the first half, Browning entered his second NFL game after the Bengals failed to generate a first down (wide receiver Trenton Irwin’s diving catch at the Ravens 38 was overturned). Ravens go ahead 21-10 after a 1:07 80-yard touchdown drive.
In another tough outing for the Bengals secondary, rookie quarterback C.J. threw for 356 yards. Jackson completed 16 of 26 passes for 264 yards and a passer rating of 121.4.
Both Burrow and Browning were challenged by Baltimore’s NFL-leading pass rush. A Browning fade ended the game with 68 seconds left after Baltimore had racked up five sacks. Eight of Browning’s 14 passes resulted in 68 yards.
During the first 30 minutes, there was enough packed into an entire evening.
After completing his last seven passes, the training staff flexed Burrow’s right hand. Browning entered the game as the Bengals trailed 14-7 after Ravens wide receiver Nelson Agholor scored on Germaine Pratt’s deflected pass.
After a monstrous 12-play, 82-yard touchdown drive engulfing 7:22, Burrow left with a 100.4 passer rating on 11 of 17 for 101 yards. Despite a delay of the game and a false start, Mixon had 69 yards on 16 carries. He ran five times for 21 yards and caught three more for 22, outrunning linebacker Roquan Smith in coverage on the last catch. To keep the drive going, Burrow lofted a 21-yard pass to tight end Tanner Hudson and hit wide receiver Tyler Boyd for a 13-yard pass over the middle.
Then all hell breaks loose. Burrow couldn’t grasp the ball, so he walked into the locker room.
The Bengals DBs struggled against the Ravens receivers as Jackson went 12 of 19 for 186 yards, including a 37-yard pass to Agholor, a 33-yard pass to Flowers, and a 29-yard pass to Rashod Bateman.
Having received three pass-interference penalties going into the game, the Bengals had three in the first half. In the final crushing drive of the half, two penalties were called (rookie safety Jordan Battle and rookie cornerback DJ Turner were both caught) and when Bateman caught Taylor-Britt for a touchdown with 23 seconds left, it was 21-10.
During the play, Taylor-Britt was injured and joined Burrow on the sidelines.
For the sixth straight game, the Bengals failed to score on their first possession. Burrow called a timeout after the formation got mixed up and Marcus Williams dangerously undercut Boyd over the middle. On first down, Burrow threw an incomplete screen to Chase, but it sailed over his head. Burrow scrambled for nine yards on the first snap, and Hudson caught a seven-yard pass while face-masked.
Evan McPherson’s 50-yard field goal cut the lead to 7-3. Justin Tucker, McPherson’s idol, had a 50 career percentage. A 53-yard field goal was missed soon after.
Hendrickson sacked backup left tackle Patrick Mekari, giving him 9.5 sacks this season, on the second series. Taylor-Britt defended long balls to OBJ and Bateman, and Battle harassed Jackson on two straight blitzes in the next two series. A timeout was called after Shed Jackson misplaced himself. Kyle Hamilton intercepted a pass over Chase’s back, and Jadeveon Clowney sacked him.