MVP - Marlon Humphrey
For the second time this season, Humphrey earns the MVP vote. With his third forced fumble of the season and fourth takeaway in 2020, he’s now well deserving of any and all defensive player of the year discussions. Today, he notched a sack and delivered another vicious punch to knock loose the football, which in turn was scooped up by rookie linebacker Patrick Queen for a 53-yard touchdown.
Patrick Queen: Can’t herald Humphrey’s play and not mention the man who scored the forced fumble. What a great game by Queen today as he also caused a forced fumble on a strip sack of former LSU teammate Joe Burrow.
Marcus Peters: The secondary as a whole dominated this affair and Peters was another player who had a strip-sack. He also caught Burrow’s only official interception as Clark’s was nullified from a penalty.
Chuck Clark & DeShon Elliott: The safety pair are paired up here as they both earned had a sack and kept Burrow’s deep shots in check.
Jimmy Smith: The fifth member of the secondary to sack Burrow in today’s contest.
Marquise Brown: A long five-week streak of not finding the endzone ceases with a two-yards score.
Devin Duvernay: The rookie wideout looks better and better with an increase of snaps. An early reverse playcall by Roman gave Duvernay a 42-yard lane with only Bengals’ Jessie Bates able to stop the would-be touchdown.
Mark Andrews: The chain-moving tight end caught six balls for 56 yards and is up to five receiving touchdowns this season, half of his 2019 total.
Pernell McPhee: A pass defensed, five tackles and a sack today by the 31-year old edge rusher was brilliant.
*= This title does not mean these players are losers. They played a poor game. It happens to the best players and should be taken lightly.
Miles Boykin: Two targets, zero catches. Another miscommunication with Jackson. He’s not looking up to the task and it’s become a consistent let-down.
The run game: Up 17-0 and this offense threw 37 pass attempts. I do not understand.
Lamar Jackson: This was not a good game by Jackson. This was likely one of his worst, at least of recent memory. Yes, he threw two touchdowns. However, he threw an interception and arguably should’ve had three more. The fortune of linebackers being incapable of catching direct passes was wild. Jackson dealt with stomach issues and a knee injury all week and he gets credit for still playing and getting the win with this offense but his passing showed his need to improve significantly, something that hasn’t been felt in a long while.