Week 11 of NFL The season kicks off with the Baltimore Ravens (7-3) hosting the Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night in a battle between two AFC North rivals.
Baltimore and Cincinnati, which ranked fourth and fifth respectively in Colin CowherdThe latest “Herd Hierarchy” rankings, aim to rebound after suffering slight losses in week 10.
Joe Burrow, who appears to be recovering from a calf injury that limited him earlier this season, was seen wearing a brace on his right hand as he got off the team bus Wednesday, although he is missing from the team’s injury report. Wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) will miss a second straight game.
On the other hand, history could be made Thursday, as Ravens All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews is one receiving touchdown away from tying former veteran TE Todd Heap for the most receiving touchdowns in franchise history (41).
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Here are the best moments!
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens strike first
Six plays after Lamar Jackson hit receiver Zay Flowers, who took off for a 33-yard gain, Gus Edwards had a 3-yard touchdown run for the Ravens.
Mark Andrews OUT
Baltimore’s star tight end injured his ankle on the game’s first possession and was subsequently ruled out.
Not today, Rashod
Bengals kicker Evan McPherson missed a 53-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, but the Ravens were unable to capitalize on the short field.
On the ensuing possession, Jackson looked ready to connect with wide receiver Rashod Bateman on a deep ball – potentially for a touchdown – but Bengals cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt batted away the pass. The Ravens then punted.
After forcing Baltimore to punt, Cincinnati put together a 12-play touchdown drive, ending with Burrow hitting running back Joe Mixon for a 4-yard score.
Where is Jim Harbaugh???
Play was temporarily stopped in the second quarter after a drone was seen flying over the stadium.
Joe Burrow injured
Burrow appeared injured after the touchdown pass to Mixon, and the Bengals later announced he was questionable to return due to a right wrist injury. Jake Browning came in at quarterback.
Jackson’s pass was deflected but recovered by receiver Nelson Agholor, who broke through the Cincinnati defense for a 37-yard touchdown. Baltimore led 14-10.
Will you grant me this dance?
Late in the second quarter, Ravens receiver Odell Beckham Jr. got the better of Taylor-Britt and raced his way down the sideline for a 21-yard gain.
Make a TD squeak
Shortly before halftime, Jackson hit Bateman in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown.
HALF-TIME: Ravens 21, Bengals 10
Baltimore outscored Cincinnati 205-161 in total yards in the first half, the difference being that the former reached the end zone three times. Meanwhile, Burrow (Bengals) and Andrews (Ravens) were each injured.
Cincinnati ruled out Burrow (right wrist) for the remainder of the game early in the third quarter. Taylor-Britt has also been ruled out with a left quad injury.
A 34-yard pass interference on cornerback Rock Ya-Sin put the ball at the Baltimote 13-yard line for Cincinnati, which then got a field goal on a penalty kick. The Ravens, however, responded with a drive that ended in a field goal and led 24-13 with 4:02 left in the third quarter.
Beckham recovered a deep ball and avoided two tackles for a 51-yard gain.
The Gus Bus
Edwards scored his second touchdown late in the fourth quarter, giving the Ravens a 34-13 lead. This one was a 3-yard score.
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