Bengals Get ‘A +’ For Destroying Ravens, Chiefs Get ‘F’ For Exploded Loss To Titans – .

Bengals Get ‘A +’ For Destroying Ravens, Chiefs Get ‘F’ For Exploded Loss To Titans – .

If it wasn’t clear to everyone before this week, it’s definitely clear now: the Cincinnati Bengals are real.

Their offense is real. Their defense is real, and now their place atop AFC North is real too. The Bengals are officially the first-place team in the division after hitting the road and embarrassing the Baltimore Ravens 41-17 on Sunday.

The Ravens were the only team the Bengals weren’t supposed to be able to beat. Before Sunday, Lamar Jackson had never lost to the Bengals (5-0), he had never lost an October game against anyone (9-0) and the Bengals had only scored two touchdowns. offensive against Baltimore in two years. However, that all changed in a game that could have signaled a change of guard in the AFC North.

It wasn’t completely surprising that the Bengals won, the surprising part was how they won – they blew Baltimore out of the water. The last time these two teams met, the Ravens rushed for 407 yards, but they’re nowhere near that total this time around on a day when the Bengals’ defense dominated.

The turnaround in the Cincinnati defense was arguably the most overlooked story of the 2021 NFL season. If you watched the defense play last year, it was absolutely excruciating. Imagine watching Derrick Henry play soccer against a group of elementary school kids and get a sense of how poor the Bengals defended last year.

One of his biggest issues in 2020 was that he couldn’t rush the quarterback. The Bengals finished the 2020 season with a record 17 sacks. This year they have terrorized opposing quarterbacks, including Jackson, who has been sacked five times, bringing Cincinnati’s season total to 19.

For most of the game, whenever Jackson came back to the pitch, the pocket quickly collapsed, which usually resulted in a bad result for Jackson, like that sack in Larry Ogunjobi’s first quarter.

Although Jackson made a few big plays for Baltimore, he seemed overwhelmed at times by the Bengals passing rush. Unfortunately for Jackson, he received no help from a Ravens ground game that was virtually non-existent. Although the Ravens ran for 115 yards, most of them came from Jackson (88) with the Baltimore running backs totaling just 27 yards.

The fact that the Bengals’ defense was a game-changer makes Cincinnati a scary team. We already knew the Bengals offense was good and somehow it seems to be improving every week (it’s averaging over 30 points per game over the past four weeks).

Just seven weeks into the season, Ja’Marr Chase is doing his best to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The first-round catcher has made plays all year and he made another huge one for the Bengals on a third and 2 play in the third quarter.

That 82-yard score was a backbreaker. It gave the Bengals a 27-17 lead and made it feel like it froze the game. Chase finished the game with 201 receiving yards, the ninth-highest total in franchise history. Chase now has 754 receiving yards in his first seven games, which is the most in NFL history for a freshman.

Chase has a connection to Joe Burrow that you almost never see with a rookie catcher, even a duo who went to college together. Jaylen Waddle (Miami) and Devonta Smith (Philadelphia) both play with a quarterback they went to college with, but they don’t flaunt Chase’s numbers. What Chase did in the first half of the season is nothing short of amazing. Thanks to Chase, there’s a good chance you’ll never hear anyone questioning the Bengals’ decision to replace him with Penei Sewell in the 2021 NFL Draft again.

Burrow threw for 416 yards against the Ravens, nearly half of that going to Chase.

Seven weeks into the season, the Bengals aren’t just sitting on top of AFC North, they’re also sitting on top of the entire AFC. It’s not a typo: the Cincinnati Bengals are currently the AFC seed. The Bengals have exorcised a lot of demons this year and from the way things are going it’s starting to look like a team that might be able to exorcise the 31-year-old playoff demon hanging overhead. his head since January 1991.

Okay, let’s move on to the ratings for each game in Week 7. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into Cleveland’s 17-14 win over the Broncos that came on Thursday, be sure to click here.

Cincinnati 41-17 contre Baltimore

Bengals-Ravens Notes by Patrik Walker (Love notes? Hate notes? Let him know on Twitter.)

Atlanta 30-28 vs. Miami

NY Giants 25-3 against Caroline

Green Bay 24-10 sur Washington

Washington-Packers Notes by Bryan DeArdo (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let people know on Twitter.)

New England 54-13 vs. NY Jets

Jets-Patriots Notes by Tyler Sullivan (Love notes? Hate notes? Let people know on Twitter.)

Tennessee 27-3 contre Kansas City

Chiefs-Titans Notes by Jordan Dajani (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)

Arizona 31-5 over Houston

Las Vegas 33-22 vs. Philadelphia

Eagles-Raiders Notes by Jeff Kerr (Love notes? Hate notes? Let him know on Twitter.)

LA Rams 28-19 vs. Detroit

Lions-Rams Notes by Josh Edwards (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tampa Bay 38-3 v Chicago

Bears-Buccaneers Notes by Cody Benjamin (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)


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