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Behind Lamar Jackson's big day, Ravens rout Bengals, 49-13, extend winning streak to 5

Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun on

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CINCINNATI -- Lamar Jackson became just the second quarterback in NFL history to post two perfect passer ratings in a single season and added an electrifying 47-yard touchdown run to lead the Ravens to a 49-13 win Sunday over the host Cincinnati Bengals.

In three quarters, Jackson finished 15-for-17 for 223 yards, three touchdowns and a 158.3 passer rating. But the game's highlight was a zone-read keeper in which he juked, spun and ran his way through the Bengals defense.

Jackson, who opened the season with a 158.3 passer rating in a blowout win of the Miami Dolphins, joins the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger (2007) as the only players in NFL history with multiple perfect ratings.

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The Ravens' first sweep of the Bengals (0-9) since 2011 extended their winning streak to five, their first such run since 2006, when they finished 13-3. Ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers' late-afternoon kickoff against the Los Angeles Rams, the Ravens (7-2) had a 21/2-game lead in the AFC North.

Other than the Ravens' first-half run defense and some special teams sloppiness, there wasn't much for coach John Harbaugh to quibble with. The offense scored a touchdown on five of its first six drives, the exception being a drive that started with 26 seconds left in the first half. Jackson's lone first-half incompletion came on a spiked ball during that drive.

Wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown finished with four catches for 80 yards and a touchdown, including a 49-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage. Tight ends Nick Boyle, Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst combined for catches for 12 catches on 13 targets for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

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The Ravens defense wasn't bulletproof, but it more than made up for its letdowns with big plays. Cornerback Marcus Peters returned his second interception for a touchdown in his three games with the Ravens in the second quarter. In the third, outside linebacker Tyus Bowser returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown after defensive tackle's Patrick Ricard's strip-sack of Bengals rookie quarterback Ryan Finley (16-for-30 for 167 yards, a touchdown and the interception).

Even on a day with a pair of defensive scores and a perfect passer rating, Jackson's third-quarter run provided the game's most enduring moment. With the Ravens up by 18, Jackson took a keeper off left tackle, cut upfield, juked past one defender and then spun past two more. Only running back Mark Ingram II, sprinting upfield to block for his quarterback, seemed to slow his race to the end zone. Soon after, chants of "M-V-P" bounced around Paul Brown Stadium.

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