Ravens fly high at top of AFC North as toothless Bengals fail to pounce

BALTIMORE Ravens are flying high at the top of the AFC North after a 34-20 win at Cincinnati which left the Bengals rooted to the bottom of the table.

The defeat leaves the Bengals with a record of five wins and five losses whilst the Ravens move to eight wins and three loses for the season.

And to rub salt into the Bengals’ wounds, star quarterback Joe Burrow could be sidelined for some time with a wrist injury.

Lamar Jackson threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing for 54 yards. Odell Beckham Jr continued his resurgence in the league with 116 receiving yards whilst Nelson Agholar demonstrated what efficiency meant as he took his one reception for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Joe Mixon was a sole bright spot for the Bengals, running for 69 yards and receiving 31, earning himself a touchdown in the process.

As much action as there was on the pitch, eyes were drawn to the side lines as both teams saw star players get hurt during the game.

Ravens’ tight end Mark Andrews suffered an ankle injury, reportedly ruling him out for the season.

The Bengals saw star quarterback Joe Burrow hurt his wrist, and if the rumours of a sprain come to fruition, it would take an incredible turn of form and fortune for the Bengals to make the play-offs again.

Mixon showed he could help spark an offense into gear but to rest the remainder of the season on his shoulders would be asking a monumental effort from the running back.

Gus Edwards showed that the ravens didn’t just have to rely on their aerial passing game and the feet of Jackson as he showed the league that a traditional running game still existed and had a place at Baltimore.

With the injuries mounting for the Ravens, any play-off campaign that they are currently well-positioned to start may stutter as the diminishing squad can only carry themselves so far.