The Ravens will earn a playoff berth for the third year in a row with a win over the Bengals on Sunday. After winning their last two games, Cincinnati is looking to spoil Baltimore’s season. The staff of Baltimore Beatdown gives some bold predictions for the Week 17 AFC North showdown.
Lamar Jackson and the run game torture the Bengals once again, totaling over 300 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Jackson becomes the first QB to run for over 1,000 yards in two seasons. The defense looks locked in for the playoffs and forces three turnovers.
The Ravens defense goes haywire and racks up at least three turnovers on the Bengals offense. The focus will be primarily on managing the starters’ snaps once the game is firmly in hand midway through the third quarter. We will also see a little bit more Mark Ingram than we have in recent weeks. The defense will be nearly unbreakable and will not allow a single touchdown through the first three quarters of the game. The Ravens win with a final score of 35-10.
The Ravens’ dominance on the ground reaches a new peak to close ou the regular season, as it totals more than 300 rushing yards against a lackluster Bengals defense. Lamar Jackson finds Mark Andrews twice in the end zone and scores two more times on the ground, giving him a total of four touchdowns to go with 250 combined yards. Marlon Humphrey forces his ninth fumble of the season and intercepts a pass from Brandon Allen in the fourth quarter, returning it 50+ yards to the house to seal a blowout victory.
Lamar Jackson delivers his first “Jackson 5” performance of the season as he throws for five touchdown passes in the regular-season finale on Sunday. Three of Jackson’s touchdown passes go to Mark Andrews. The defense has its best performance of the season, forcing four turnovers and sacking Brandon Allen five times. Baltimore wins by over 30 points.