Cincinnati Bengals: 4 key takeaways from their 49-13 loss vs Ravens
The bye week didn’t seem to do much, as the Cincinnati Bengals lost their ninth straight to the Baltimore Ravens 49-13.
Ugly is ugly, and in Week 10, the Cincinnati Bengals reworked ugly but this time under a different quarterback. Rookie Ryan Finley made his NFL debut against a Baltimore Ravens team who now have a bonafide MVP candidate in Lamar Jackson. Jackson didn’t disappoint. He dazzled to the tune of 223 yards on 15 of 17, for three touchdowns en route to a 49-13 beat-down at Paul Brown Stadium.
Want more? He also ran for another 65 yards on seven carries and added a touchdown just for fun. Like it or not, the sting felt by Bengals fans might hurt just a bit more as they recall passing on him in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Having fun yet Cincinnati? If you think 0-9 is a drag, you can almost certainly count on 0-10 after a trip to the East Bay to face a playoff contender in the Oakland Raiders. You may also have to settle in for 0-11 when the Bengals play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12 to close out the month of November.
The only “silver lining” is in the prospect that the Bengals next starting quarterback is playing awfully well at either Baton Rouge or Tuscaloosa. Both Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa are flourishing under the bright lights of SEC football and one of them is likely headed to Cincinnati in 2020, making 0-9 only slightly more palatable.