Lamar Jackson threw two touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens took advantage of Joe Burrow’s second-half absence to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 34-20 on Thursday night.
The Bengals’ star running back appeared to suffer the injury while throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to Joe Mixon in the second quarter. He was then seen trying to throw the ball along the touchline but was unable to do so and then went to the locker room.
The Ravens (8-3) extend their lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) and Cleveland Browns (6-3) atop a very interesting National League North Division. The Bengals (5-5) suffered their second straight loss and are in fourth and last place in the division despite a .500 record.
Mixon’s touchdown gave the Bengals a 10-7 lead. The Ravens then scored two unanswered touchdowns in the final five minutes of the first half to go into the locker room with a 21-10 lead.
Burrow, who was hampered by a calf injury earlier in the season, finished his night with a touchdown pass and 101 yards in the air.
Jake Browning, a 27-year-old backup quarterback who had played in just one NFL game, came in to replace Burrow. He was able to lead the Bengals to a field goal early in the second half.
That was all he could do before completing a two-yard pass to Ja’Marr Chase for a touchdown with 1:08 left in the game.
The Ravens also suffered a tough loss as tight end Mark Andrews left the game early in the first quarter with an ankle injury he suffered when tackled by Logan Wilson.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh mentioned after the game that he feared the injury would end Andrews’ season. An MRI will confirm the severity of his injury on Friday morning.
Jackson also gave the Ravens a scare in the first quarter, also injuring his ankle while wiping out a Wilson punt. The Ravens quarterback briefly went to the medical tent but was in place for Baltimore’s next drive.
Jackson had 264 passes and 54 runs. Gus Edwards scored two touchdowns on a short yardage run and finished the game with 62 yards.
Nelson Agholor and Rashod Bateman each caught a touchdown pass, and Odell Beckham Jr. led the Ravens receivers with 116 yards on four catches.
Zay Flowers broke the Ravens team record for most catches by a rookie. He caught three balls to bring his total to 53, two more than Torrey Smith in 2011.
Joe Mixon had 100 total yards, 69 rushing and 31 receiving.
Browning threw 68 yards for Burrow. He completed the first touchdown pass of his career by connecting with Chase for an endgame late in the game. It was just the second reception for Chase, who was held to 12 yards.