The Baltimore Ravens picked up a key victory over their division rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. Baltimore improved their record to 3-2 on the season, taking over sole possession of first place in the AFC North in the process.
Justin Tucker was the star of the evening for Baltimore as he made all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner as time expired from 43-yards away. A lot of credit needs to be given to the Ravens’ defense, which has struggled at times this season.
Baltimore could very easily be 5-0 this season if they were able to hold onto big leads. They trailed for only 14 seconds all season heading into Week 5, yet had two losses, blowing multi-score leads against the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.
The defense gave up another late score in this one, as Joe Burrow led the Bengals down the field and scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:58 remaining in the game. However, their overall performance was excellent as Cincinnati gained only 291 total yards on the evening.
Unfortunately for Baltimore, right as they were beginning to get things figured out on the defensive side of the ball, they suffered a sizable loss. Marcus Williams, their big free agent signing this offseason as the Ravens poached him from the New Orleans Saints, will miss a significant amount of time.
Williams suffered a dislocated wrist against the Bengals and head coach John Harbaugh did not give a positive diagnosis after the game. Without Williams in the lineup, the team could deploy first-round pick Kyle Hamilton more in the secondary. Geno Stone saw his snaps increase as well alongside Marlon Humphrey, Chuck Clark and Marcus Peters, who all played 100 percent of the snaps.
Williams was also an every-down player before the injury. The dislocated wrist forced him off the field for the first time all season and now the Ravens will be without him for an extended period of time.