Cincinnati Bengals: 4 key takeaways from their 49-13 loss vs Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Ryan Finley looked every bit the part of “rookie quarterback” in the 49-13 loss against Baltimore. His line was modest but likely expected as the Ravens looked every bit the AFC North leader and a legitimate playoff contender.
Finley struggled as he coughed up the football twice; one via an interception “Pick-6” style and one a fumble returned for a touchdown. As for the numbers, the rookie threw for 167 yards, completing 16 passes on 30 attempts. He did have one touchdown to go along with his INT. He did add five carries for another 22 yards.
Shocked? Don’t be. Finley got his first taste of regular-season NFL football. He was no match for a team likely bound for the postseason and maybe even a Super Bowl run. For those looking for a season-changing kind of performance, perspective is desperately needed.
In Week 10, Ryan Finley neither earned or lost anything as the needle wasn’t really moved. He got his first start and showed that at the very least he won’t spike himself with the football. In an o-9 season, that isn’t a terrible debut.
Finely will need to show some better presence in Week 11 against a very good and getting better Raiders team in play for a potential playoff bid.