The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 10 - Rodger Sherman
Winner: King Lamar
The Ravens are in the running for a first-round bye—they have the second-best record in the AFC, and just took down the team with the best record. But while Jackson might be accomplishing serious things, he’s fine participating in gimmick plays like this one if it’s what the Ravens want. That’s what makes Jackson incredible: He blends efficiency with cool; he pulls off meaningful moments and [just-for-giggles] gags within a few breaths of each other, and both are beautiful. He’s the king of the NFL.
What the Bengals Said After Ravens’ Lopsided Win - Ryan Mink
Head Coach Zac Taylor
On how much a different Lamar Jackson makes:
“They run similar concepts that you’ve run your whole life, that you’ve seen other teams run, and he gets the ball to people where it’s like, ‘What do you do?’ There’s no way the ball should get there, and he gets it there, somehow, some way. The touchdown run he had — it’s electrifying. It deflates you a little bit when a guy is playing with that much confidence. What really kills you is those play-actions, because you’re so hell-bent on stopping all those run variations they give you, and then all the sudden, he’s dropping back to pass. People (say), ‘There’s no pressure,’ but you’ve got a lot of things on your mind there, and it’s hard to generate some pressure. And their tight ends — that’s the most impressive group of tight ends catching the football. Those were some tough catches those guys came down with, and that team has been building that way for a long time. I think they’re built for, obviously, a really special season right now, and unfortunately, we got the brunt end of it right now.”
C/G Trey Hopkins
On whether Baltimore did anything different defensively this time:
“Baltimore is Baltimore. They have those big guys, and they load up the middle. That’s what they did the previous game, and that’s what they did this game. I wouldn’t say there was much of a change.”
Jackson earned a 97.8 overall grade and a 97.1 passing grade in the Ravens’ blowout win over the Bengals on Sunday. He is playing himself into the MVP conversation with his sensational efforts through the air and on the ground.
Boyle caught all four targets thrown his way for 78 yards and three first downs against Cincinnati, earning an 89.9 receiving grade in the process. He gained 25 of the 78 yards after the catch and forced a missed tackle in the affair, as well.
Brown earned his best single-game run-blocking grade (74.8) of the season and allowed zero total pressures against the Bengals.
Peters led all Ravens defenders in overall grade against Cincinnati, as he recorded a 92.0 overall grade and a 93.4 coverage grade. He baited rookie Ryan Finley into an easy pick-six and allowed just 22 receiving yards on the day.
Defensive Notes vs Bengals - Ken McKusick
Pass Rush Gambles Pay Off
Martindale harassed Finley with numbers and scheme and the Bengals averaged just 4.7 yards per pass play.
Finley had ATS on just 8 of 32 drop backs (25%). In addition to 6 QHs, they often flushed Finley left, the much worse direction for a right-handed QB.
By number of rushers:
3 or 4: 13 plays, 93 yards (7.2 YPP)
5: 12 plays, 20 yards (1.7 YPP), including the sack/fumble TD
6+: 7 plays, 36 yards (5.1 YPP), including Peters pick-6 on a 7-man rush
News & Notes: Michael Pierce ‘Day-to-Day’ With Ankle Injury - Clifton Brown
Michael Pierce is an important piece of the Ravens defense, and whether he can play against the Houston Texans on Sunday remains to be seen.
“I would say he’s day-to-day right now,” Harbaugh said. “Nothing serious. It won’t be a long-term injury which is good news based on the MRI today. There’s a chance he’ll play on Sunday. We’ll just have to see how he does.”
Rookie Cornerback Iman Marshall on Verge of Being Activated
“We plan on bringing him up,” Harbaugh said. “Whether he’s active or not, just kind of depends on how the roster shakes out. He’s practiced well. He looks healthy, and hopefully he can contribute to us. That’s an area (special teams) that could use some bolstering personnel-wise, so that’s one option for us.”