The Ravens are winners of five straight games after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 49-13, Nov. 10, but one play in particular caught the attention of observers across the country.
It was quarterback Lamar Jackson’s 47-yard run in the third quarter, during which he split two defenders with a spin move en route to taking it all the way to the house. Ravens center Matt Skura described what it was like to be on the field for Jackson’s run.
“I saw Lamar running back over and then I heard the crowd cheering real loud, so I’m like, ‘I’m sure Lamar’s about to run,’ so I speed up and I’m just going to try to hit this guy as hard as I can and it turned out well,” Skura said on Glenn Clark Radio Nov. 12. “I had to shift into first or second gear and Lamar’s like a Ferrari, he has pretty good acceleration.”
LAMAR. JACKSON. @Lj_Era8 TO THE HOUSE ‼️‼️
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 10, 2019
Jackson’s long touchdown run is just one example of how dominant the Ravens have been on the ground as a team this season. Much of that success can be attributed to the offensive line, which consists of, from left to right: Ronnie Stanley, Bradley Bozeman, Skura, Marshal Yanda and Orlando Brown Jr. The Ravens are tops in the NFL in rushing yards per game (197.2).
“Marshal [Yanda] said this the other day: ‘The leader of the group sets the tone for everyone else,’ … so I think we kind of have taken that on as a personality for the offensive line,” Skura said. “… You kind of know going into the game that we are going to take care of business and we’re going to play super physical, tough, wear-you-down football.”
The Ravens lit up the scoreboard against the Bengals, scoring 49 points with just 47 total offensive snaps. Jackson threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-17 passing, and he rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Jackson also posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3, the second time he’s done so this season. He became the youngest quarterback ever to have two games with perfect passer ratings in the same season.
Running back Mark Ingram also recorded a rushing touchdown on nine carries for 34 yards. Tight end Mark Andrews had a monster day, hauling in six catches for 53 yards and two scores. Receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown also had a great game, catching four passes for 80 yards and a score.
The Ravens are playing with a lot of confidence right now, so it’s easy to look ahead. But Skura knows just how important it is to take it one game at a time.
“I watch the Monday night games, the Sunday night games, all that stuff, but I think once our preparation week starts — like the Texans this week — everyone does a really good job of locking into that week, that week’s game plan and not really looking ahead too far,” Skura said. “Just because there’s a long season left, you really don’t want to get ahead of yourself. … Each win and each game is going to get bigger and bigger from this point…so not getting too far ahead of ourselves is going to be the big key.”
For more from Skura, listen to the full interview here:
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