Baltimore (AP) Joe Burrow threw for 416 yards and three touchdowns, including an 82-yard pivot to rookie Ja’Marr Chase in the third quarter, and Cincinnati Bengals They won the North Asian showdown against Baltimore Ravens In style, he pulls away in the second half to take a 41-17 win on Sunday.
The Bengals (5-2) tied even with the Ravens (5-2) at the top of the division, a sign that Burrow and Chase may be ahead of the schedule in changing this struggling franchise. The former LSU teammates were too much for Baltimore to deal with, and the Cincinnati offense moved the ball easily from midway through the second quarter.
Chase earned eight catches for 201 yards, easily the most productive performance of his impressive debut season. He broke Speedy Thomas’s franchise rookie record of 177 yards, set in a 1969 game in Denver.
Lamar Jackson threw for 257 yards and ran for 88, but was sacked five times as the Ravens’ five-game winning streak was cut short. Jackson found the Marquis Brown for a 39-yard drop in the third quarter that took Baltimore up 17-13, but the Ravens’ only lead in the game was short lived.
Burrow needed just four plays to get Cincinnati forward on a 32-yard stroke for CJ Uzomah. After the Baltimore kick, he reached out to Chase on his long side to get him a 10-point lead.
Chase came in the week with the five best passes in the league for 40 yards or more. In this, he rotated two would-be attackers in the middle of the field, after which no one was going to catch him.
Joe Mixon made it 34-17 with 21 yards for the fourth, and Samaji Perrin added 46 yards.
The Bengals snapped a five-game losing streak against the Ravens. Baltimore’s last three wins in the series were a total score of 114-19.
The Ravens started the season 5-1 four times, but never 6-1.
Burrow, the sophomore quarterback who finished first in last year’s draft, has thrown at least twice in every game this season. He found Ozuma for 55 yards in the second quarter to lift the Bengals 10-3, but Baltimore was promptly led to score 1 yards by Defonta Freeman.
Burrow led Cincinnati for 63 yards in the final two minutes of the game. The Bengals only managed a field goal, but the ease with which they landed on the field was a sign of things to come.
One thing that didn’t go the Cincinnati way: The Bengals lost their opening coin toss for the first time in a while. Cincinnati won 11 straight throws — nine before the game and two at the start of overtime — before Sunday.
Ravens RT left Patrick McCurry in the second quarter with an ankle injury.
Bengals: Cincinnati travels to play with the New York Jets next Sunday.
Ravens: Baltimore recess next week before they host Minnesota on November 7.
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