Lamar Jackson's huge rushing day lifts Ravens over Bengals, 23-17

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson finished with nearly 400 yards of total offense and the defense stifled the winless Cincinnati Bengals as the Ravens won their second straight game, 23-17.

Jackson finished with 236 passing yards (21-for-33) and a career-high 152 rushing yards, the fourth most by a quarterback in NFL history. He's the first player to record at least 200 yards passing and 150 yards rushing in a regular-season game.

The Ravens, who improved to 4-2, will travel to Seattle in Week 7 for a showdown with the Seahawks (5-1), who beat the Browns, 32-28, on Sunday, dropping Cleveland to 2-4.

The Bengals fell to 0-6 but had a chance late. A 2-yard scramble by quarterback Andy Dalton cut the Ravens' lead to 23-17, setting up an onside kick. Cincinnati recovered the kick, but the ball didn't go the required 10 yards, and the Ravens took three kneel-downs to end the game.

The game got off to a nightmarish start at M&T Bank Stadium for the Ravens' normally rock-solid special teams. After winning the coin toss, the Ravens decided to kick off. Then they decided to kick off short of the goal line, forcing a return. Brandon Wilson obliged. His 92-yard return for a touchdown marked the first time the Ravens have allowed a score on a kickoff since 2011.

The Ravens did not hesitate to respond against one of the NFL's worst defenses. Jackson scored on a 21-yard keeper to tie the game, and the Ravens went ahead for good with a 1-yard push by running back Mark Ingram II later in the first quarter.

Even with Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick leaving the game with a knee injury, the Ravens struggled to maintain their rhythm. The offense didn't re-enter the red zone until the fourth quarter, and kicker Justin Tucker was fortunate to have his second field-goal attempt ricochet off the left upright and through.


But the Ravens defense was up to the task against a Bengals offense missing wide receiver A.J. Green and its top offensive tackles. Cincinnati was held to 250 yards, and Dalton finished 21-for-39 for 235 yards and an interception.

Led by Jackson, who finished with 19 carries, the Ravens piled up 269 rushing yards. Ingram added 13 carries for 52 yards, and Gus Edwards had six carries for 34 yards.

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