Quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are set to square off with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football in a pivotal matchup between the AFC North rivals. Jackson will look to continue his streak of dominance against the Bengals.
Lamar Jackson’s Record Against Bengals
The Ravens have had quite a bit of success against Cincinnati since Jackson entered the league in 2018.
Jackson won his first start against the Bengals 24-21 on Nov. 18, 2018, as he threw for 150 yards and one interception and rushed for 119 more yards. That triumph set the stage for a strong run of results with Jackson as the team’s starter.
The Ravens are now 7-1 in the eight games he has started against Cincinnati. Jackson’s lone loss to the Bengals came in Week 7 of the 2021 season, a 41-17 defeat amid a rough 8-9 season for Baltimore. The Louisville product threw for 257 yards and one touchdown while running for 88 yards in the blowout loss.
Jackson also made a brief appearance but did not start in a 34-23 Week 2 loss to Cincinnati during the 2018 season. He was inactive for the 41-21 loss in Week 16 of the 2021 campaign and the 27-16 loss in Week 18 of the 2022 season.
Perhaps his best performance against Cincinnati came in a 49-13 win during Week 10 of the 2019 season. He went 15 of 17 for 223 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 65 yards and one more score on an all-around dominant day.
Overall, Jackson has gone 136 of 220 for 1,570 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions while rushing for 642 yards and two scores across his nine appearances against Cincinnati. That production has fueled plenty of success in the always-important matchups between the divisional rivals.
Pivotal Ravens-Bengals Rematch
The teams’ second meeting of the 2023 season on Thursday will be crucial, as both are coming off disappointing losses amid a tight race in the AFC North.
Baltimore sits atop the division at 7-3, even after last week’s narrow loss to the Cleveland Browns (6-3). Meanwhile, Cincinnati (5-4) is in last place after a close loss to the Houston Texans. The Bengals do sit just one game back behind the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) and are still within theoretical striking distance of making a push for the playoffs.
A Ravens win would be a significant step forward for them in the division title race, while the Bengals could significantly elevate their playoff chances with a victory.
Baltimore took the first meeting this season in Week 2 by a score of 27-24 after pulling ahead by 10 points early in the fourth quarter and holding on for a victory. Jackson went 24 of 33 for 237 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 12 times for 54 yards on the day.
Another big day from Jackson would go a long way toward continuing his stellar track record against the hated division rival.