Setting the scene: The Bengals this week travel to Baltimore to take on the division-rival Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Last week, Cincinnati earned its first victory of the season with a 33-25 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium.
“We feel a lot of momentum right now about where we are,” said Bengals QB Joe Burrow, who won his first NFL game. “Obviously there are some things to fix, but we had a great week of practice this week, and I think that’s why we won the game.”
Burrow and the Bengals’ offense stole the show against Jacksonville by posting 500 yards of offense, including 205 on the ground and 300 through the air. It was just the fourth time in team history, and the first since the 1988 season, that the Bengals recorded at least 200 rushing yards and 300 passing yards in a game.
The most noteworthy performance of the day came from Mixon, who scored three TDs — on a nine-yard reception, and runs of 34 and 23 yards. Mixon became the first Bengal since Giovani Bernard in 2013 to score both a rushing and receiving TD in the same game. He also posted a season-high 181 yards from scrimmage against the Jaguars, including 151 on the ground and 30 through the air.
After the game, Mixon, whose game status was changed to ‘questionable’ on Saturday due to a chest injury, revealed that he spent part of Saturday evening in the hospital.
“I think I slept wrong (on Friday),” Mixon said. “It was like I couldn’t breathe, and it hurt to run in walk-through (on Saturday). I didn’t know if I would play, so (Sunday) morning I wanted to see how I felt. The doctors loved up on me, and I was able to go out there and make some things work.”
Burrow also put together a strong performance, and passed for an even 300 yards. That made him the first rookie in league history to record three consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards. Additionally, Burrow’s 116 completions so far this season are the most ever by a QB — rookie or veteran — in their first four NFL starts.
This week, Cincinnati faces a stiff test in a Baltimore team that boasts the NFL’s reigning MVP in QB Lamar Jackson.
Baltimore enters Sunday’s game at 3-1, after a 31-17 win over Washington last week.
The series: Baltimore leads the series, 25-23. Here are some series notes:
When Cincinnati took a 23-22 series lead in Week 2 last season, it was the first time the Bengals had led the series since after the first of two meetings of 1998, when they were up 3-2. That lead didn’t last long, however, as the Ravens now have won three straight and recaptured a two-game advantage.
The Ravens’ sweep last season was their first season sweep over the Bengals since 2011. The Bengals’ most recent sweep of the Ravens was in 2015.
It hasn’t been an easy series for the visiting team. The Ravens lead 16-8 in Baltimore, and the Bengals lead 15-9 in Cincinnati.
Since 2010, 14 of the teams’ 19 meetings have been one-score decisions, by eight or fewer points.