The Cincinnati Bengals may have been 8.5-point favorites going into the game, but they got all they could handle and then some from the Baltimore Ravens.
Despite being without Lamar Jackson and starting Tyler Huntley down, the Ravens ran 12 more plays than the Bengals (66-54) and gained 130 more yards of offense (364-234), but the hosts came out on top. a 24-17 win.
Much of the Ravens’ offensive success came from running back JK Dobbins, who finished with 105 yards rushing, including 13 carries for 62 yards and four catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Despite Dobbins’ success seemingly every time he touched the ball, he was still essentially split 50-50 with Gus Edwards, who ran for 39 yards on 12 carries and caught one pass for 13 yards.
And then there was the controversial 3rd-and-goal by QB Tyler Huntley near the goal line that was fumbled and recovered by Sam Hubbard for the game-winning touchdown.
Why Baltimore ran a QB sneak on 3rd down instead of hanging it up on Dobbins is anyone’s guess, but the Bengals were the big benefactors of the red zone gaffe. And their season will continue for at least another week, while the Ravens’ season is over.
After the game, Dobbins made it clear he was pretty upset with how the offensive game plan was going.
J.K. Dobbins said he’s tired of not getting the ball, tired of being held back. That said, Huntley should never have been hiding in that position. And then he added: “If we had Lamar, we would have won too.”
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) January 16, 2023
He made some good points that Baltimore thankfully didn’t seem to agree with.