Is it possible the Bengals’ defense has figured out Lamar Jackson? They were dominated by Jackson early in his tenure – highlight spin moves and all. They’ve limited the 2019 MVP in their last three matchups.
Jackson has made plays in these matchups but hasn’t been elite vs Lou Anarumo’s defensive approach. The type of drop eight and crazy coverages Patrick Mahomes saw in the AFC Championship was first debuted to contain Jackson.
The Bengals are dedicated to keeping Jackson in front of them — Mitigating big plays, and generating a pass rush on key downs.
In 2020, the Ravens still scored 27 and 38 points in two blowout wins, but the Bengals offense didn’t score a touchdown in either game.
Now that Anarumo’s versatile defensive scheme is backed up by a top-10 offense, it becomes a much stiffer challenge for Greg Roman and the Ravens MVP quarterback.
What other advantages do you think the Bengals have in the most intense rivalry in the AFC North?