3 Bengals who shined in dominant Week 7 win vs. Ravens
By Riley Thomas
1. At this point, who is stopping Ja’Marr Chase? Probably no one
Of course the record-breaking, superstar rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase ends up on the list. Remember when Chase “couldn’t catch”, so much for that huh?
Chase had his toughest challenge yet going against the All-Pro corner Marlon Humphrey. That was no problem with his eight catches, 201 receiving yards, and one touchdown. His run after the catch was electric time and time again. Chase’s 82-yard touchdown was the play that broke this game open, giving the Bengals a 27-17 lead.
As he has shown all season, Chase can do it all. His speed makes him one of the NFL’s best deep threats, he is a fantastic route runner with a great release and can make players miss in open space. All of that was on display on Sunday afternoon.
What else is there to say about Chase? The league was already put on notice after six games, but this game was simply jaw-dropping. Baltimore usually does a good job of limiting star plays, that was not the case for them when it came to stopping Chase.
His 201-yard performance also secured the record for most receiving yards for a rookie through seven games.
Chase’s 754 receiving yards are also on pace to shatter Justin Jefferson’s rookie record of 1,400 receiving yards. Just like Burrow, Chase is going to be in Cincinnati for a long time.
As mentioned, the Bengals as a whole played a fantastic game. This entire team needs its praise, including Taylor. This was a season-shifting win. It felt like the playoffs could be a possibility, that is becoming the expectation after this impressive outcome.
Cincinnati’s 41-17 win was one of the best performances by any team seven weeks into the NFL season. The Bengals are a playoff-worthy team and will continue to win as the season rolls along.