Ravens defense shines, scores fifth touchdown in three games as Ravens blow out Bengals

Andrew Gillis

The Ravens defense is playing at as high a level as could reasonably be expected. 

In the last three games, the Ravens' defense has scored five defensive touchdowns, including two against the Bengals, which led the team to a 49-13 win in Cincinnati.

Still, there are some things to work on for the Ravens defense.

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"I think we're intense, I think we run to the ball," coach John Harbaugh said of his defense. "There's going to be a lot of things on that tape that we're going to look at, and we've got to get better." 

Marcus Peters scored his second touchdown as a Raven when he picked off Ryan Finley on an out route, as Peters strolled down the sideline to effectively put the game away. 

In the third quarter, Tyus Bowser scooped up a loose ball and ran into the end zone for another score as the Ravens defense recorded more touchdowns than the Bengals offense on Sunday.

"This guy has been working like crazy ever since the day he got here," Harbaugh said of Bowser. "And you can see it paying off the way he plays. He's getting to the quarterback, he's playing the run exceptionally well, he knows the defense inside and out. And to see him start to blossom like this has been nothing but a joy."

Baltimore allowed 307 yards to Cincinnati, which started rookie Ryan Finley in his NFL debut. He finished 16-of-30 for 167 with a touchdown and an interception. 

Against the run, the Ravens weren't exactly stout, as they allowed 114 yards on 30 carries for Joe Mixon, who was the only significant source of offense for the Bengals. 

Even with Michael Pierce out for nearly the entire game with an ankle injury - on which X-rays were negative - it wasn't a banner day for the Ravens' defensive front. 

"They had a good plan with Joe Mixon in getting him the ball and getting him touches," Bowser said. "He's a great running back. It was definitely a challenge."

Still, with the Ravens defense making turnovers and plays like they are, especially with the offense churning out points like they've been, any added points on the defensive side of the ball will only make the Ravens a tougher out moving forward. 

The talent of their opponents will increase in the next few weeks, as the Texans and 49ers will soon give the Ravens defense a real test. But while they're creating turnovers like they've been, they'll be a tough unit to beat. 

It's the second game of their last three in which thenRavens' defense scored more touchdowns than their opponent's offense did.

"You look at this game, we can get a lot better from it," Harbaugh said. "But the turnovers have been pretty incredible."


Ravens defense shines, scores fifth touchdown in three games as Ravens blow out Bengals originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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