Cincinnati Bengals: 3 things we learned in Week 7 win over Ravens

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals
Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

With the Cincinnati Bengals making a statement on Sunday with their blowout 41-17 win over the Ravens, what did we learn about this team moving forward, and just how good is this football team?

3 things we learned about the Bengals win

1. Bengals are an excellent football team on both sides of the ball 

The Cincinnati Bengals played their best game of the season Sunday in the most important game up to this point. Scoring 41 points on the road against a very good Baltimore Ravens team was incredible.

Joe Burrow threw for 416 yards, Ja’Marr Chase had over 200 receiving yards and a score. Higgins, Boyd, and Uzomah, who scored twice, made big plays when they needed too and Mixon and Perine got the job done on the ground, which led to a successful offensive day and a huge statement win.

But let’s not discredit how well the defense played. For the first time in Lamar Jackson’s career, he was sacked five times. He had some success on the ground at times using his feet, but he had to grind and work with every yard he got.

In the fourth quarter, the Bengals defense had Jackson completely frustrated, which is precisely what they needed to do. They shut down the run game. They got stops when they needed stops, and they didn’t commit any penalties all game which alone will put teams in a great position to succeed.

Zac Taylor did a great job having this team ready to play, which is the standard now. This team is very good, and they need to set that same level of intensity each week and take care of the teams they should beat and compete with the good teams.

The Bengals are now 5-2 overall, first in the AFC North sitting at 2-0 in the division, and first in the entire AFC right now in front of the Tennessee Titans.