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NFL Week 6 ReFocused: Baltimore Ravens 23, Cincinnati Bengals 17 - PFF

While Canady struggled, Marlon Humphrey was solid all day long. The Bengals tried targeting him, and he was allowing none of it. His best play of the day came in the fourth quarter when he was targeted on a back-shoulder throw and punched the ball out at the last second

This was a day for the legs of Lamar Jackson more than his arm. He routinely glided into open space, using vicious cuts to leave Bengals defenders grasping at air. Rarely was he tasked with making any challenging throws. He instead hit wide-open men underneath on crossing routes to move the chains.

If you’re going to commit to run the ball, get a back who can maximize yardage. Mark Ingram continued to show a knack for getting extra yards through his tough running, while decisively attacking holes to capitalize on strong blocking and the occasional bad gap discipline from the Bengals. There may not be many wow plays, but he was constantly getting more than his line was giving him as the Ravens dominated the time of possession.

NFL Week 6 grades: Redskins and Dolphins get an ‘A’ for effort, Eagles get an ‘F’ for ugly loss - John Breech

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The Ravens got to go up against the NFL’s second-worst rushing defense on Sunday and they definitely took advantage of that. Lamar Jackson literally ran circles around the Bengals defense in a game where he rushed for 152 yards, which fell just 21 yards short of tying Michael Vick’s regular season record for a quarterback. Thanks in large part to Jackson, the Ravens rushing attack totals 269 yards on the ground, which was the team’s second-highest total since 2012. Jackson also threw for 236 yards in the win, making him the only player in NFL history to pass for 200 or more yards and rush for 150 or more yards in the same game.

Despite More Changes, Ravens Defense Shuts Down Bengals - Ryan Mink

Bynes made one of the best defensive plays of the game when he broke on a pass over the middle and dove to tip it. Marlon Humphrey caught the rebound for a red-zone interception near the end of the first half.

“I wish I would have intercepted it rather than tipped it,” Bynes said. “But everybody is communicating really well. Everybody is playing on one page. But we still have things we have to clean up and be better at.”

Safety Earl Thomas III said the Ravens’ haven’t simplified their defense, which relies heavily on communication, even in the face of so many changes.

“Chuck did amazing today,” Thomas said. “He kept his poise; he got the call out to us, and we echoed it across the defense so that everyone could get it. I think he did a great job today.”

Baltimore Ravens’ Mark Andrews explains fumble, says it won’t prohibit future hurdle attempts - Aaron Kasinitz

Andrews lost control of the ball as he tried to jump over Bengals safety Brandon Wilson, leading to the Ravens’ lone giveaway of the day that set the Bengals up for a short field goal before halftime.

“I’m not going to stop being me, being an aggressive player,” Andrews said. “It wasn’t anything they did. I hit the ball out with my own knee, and I gotta be better than that. I can’t do that to my team. That’s not acceptable.”

“This is the first time I’ve fumbled in the NFL,” he said. “This is not something that is going to happen.”